Chelsea FC have made an attempt to sign Edinson Cavani, while Swansea City continue their Spanish raid.
Chelsea and PSG make their move for Edinson Cavani
The Uruguayan international is one of the hottest properties in Europe presently. Despite having two more years left in his contract at Napoli, Cavani has been linked with a lot of big European clubs currently. The 26-year-old has been in fine form once again this season, and has scored 38 goals (43 appearances!) in all competitions – which amazingly takes his tally to 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli since he joined them back in 2010!
The Striker has recently stated that although he is happy at Napoli, who finished second in the Serie A last season and will participate in the Champions League once again, he will consider ‘important’ offers. Now it seems like that ‘important’ offer is set to arrive from Chelsea and PSG. Sky Sports are reporting that both PSG and Chelsea have approached the Italian club with an offer for the Uruguayan international. What remains to be seen though whether either of offers have matched the release clause in Cavani’s contract.
Napoli president De Laurentiis has insisted that the club won’t accept anything less than the €63million mentioned in his contract, something which has warded off interest from Manchester City as well. Cavani has recently stated his desire to move to a ‘bigger’ club and has hinted at a meeting with the Napoli president to clarify his future plans. In reply, De Laurentiis said –
“There is no need to have a face to face with Cavani.
“If a club offers €63million, then we would allow him to leave. The release clause will have been activated.
“Should we receive an offer, then fine. If this offer doesn’t arrive, then Cavani will stay in Italy with us.”
The Uruguayan striker has previously stated his desire to play under a manager like Jose Mourinho and if Chelsea manages to pull off this deal then it will be one the biggest signing of this summer, and a big statement of intent from the London club.
Swansea City completes three signings in a day
Swansea City means business this summer. It looks like they are determined to build on their success last season and establish themselves as a top team in England. They had already signed Canas and Jordi Amat few days back and today they have completed their move for 21-year-old attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis, along with couple of teenagers Gregor Zabret and Alex Gogic.
Pozuelo is a talented attacking midfielder who is very versatile. He can play either as a right winger/forward or as a play-maker. The 21-year-old has good pace and is a decent passer for his age, he should be able to adapt to Swansea’s style of play with ease. The youngster has expressed his delight at being able to join an exciting club like Swansea and with the opportunity to play in England. He has also hoped that the growing number of Spanish contingent in the Swansea squad will him settle down at the club.
“That will help me to settle quickly.
“I am very happy to have joined Swansea City. Since I’ve been a little boy it has been my dream to play in the Premier League.
“From the moment I heard of the interest from Swansea I have watched their games and followed the news at the club. The style of the team suits me, and so too does the style of the manager.
“I am looking to improve my English immediately as I want to communicate better with my team-mates. On the pitch I just want to give everything I have to the club in order to help the team this season.” – The latest Swansea signing was quoted in press.
Earlier in the day the Swans have announced the arrival of Gregor Zabret, 17-year-old Goal keeper from NK Domzale, and Alex Gogic, 19-year-old midfielder from Olympiakos on a free transfer.
“I’m very happy to be here. It is a great environment for me to develop and I’m looking forward to starting work.
“There are some great people at the club and I hope to get as much training with the first team as possible to help my development.” – Zabret told the press upon his arrival.
While Gogic seemed have been impressed with Swansea after undergoing a successful trial at the club, he said –
“I was very impressed with what I saw when I came here on trial and I’m delighted to have signed for Swansea.
“The aim is to win games for the U21s and test myself against some great players from other clubs.”
The Welsh club are building a strong squad, both for the future and the present. They have also been linked with Wilfried Bony and Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. They will need such resource in order to face European football next season.