Chelsea have been rumored to be interested in Napoli forward Edinson Cavani for quite some time, but they haven't made much progress in acquiring him. After Cavani's wife was mugged in Naples, there was some thought that Cavani could force his way to Chelsea, but that is simply unlikely at this point.
According to Neil McLeman of Mirror Football, Cavani's wife, Maria Soledad, was robbed of a £14,500 watch while walking to her car in the Italian city of Naples, where the Napoli football club is based. This came not long after Cavani had his home burgled as well.
Regardless of whether or not Cavani wants to be transferred, though, he really has no authority over the situation. Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has shown no intention of selling Cavani and has maintained that he would do nothing of the sort. Even if Cavani outwardly asks to be moved, he simply can't dictate it.
The 25-year-old Uruguayan forward's future with Napoli is still murky, but it doesn't seem as though Napoli will allow international powers to cherry-pick talent from their roster. Cavani is coming off consecutive monster seasons, as he netted 33 goals in 48 games for Napoli this past year and 31 goals in 45 games the previous year.
Will the robbery lead to Cavani being transferred to Chelsea?
Cavani is unquestionably Napoli's best and most explosive player, so the club will hang onto him as long as it can in all likelihood. Chelsea would love to have him, as he would add a new dimension to the squad offensively and help the Blues compete with both Manchester City and Manchester United, but it isn't in the cards right now.
Considering the fact that the surprise Champions League winners lost Didier Drogba this offseason and haven't gotten anything out of Fernando Torres, a dynamic striker like Cavani would be a perfect fit. As strange as it may sound, some Chelsea supporters believed that Cavani's wife getting mobbed would be favorable to the Blues, but I don't believe there is any relation.
Regardless of where Cavani and his wife go, they are probably always going to be targets for crime because they are well-known and wealthy people. It is extremely unfortunate that they have been robbed twice already, but I doubt Cavani would demand to be transferred because of that. It's more likely that he is just going through a string of bad luck.
Cavani may ultimately end up with Chelsea at some point, but it won't be because of this most recent incident. It certainly makes for an interesting side story, but it is nothing more than that. Cavani is Napoli's most important player, and he is needed for the team to remain competitive.
That doesn't mean that the Chelsea brass should give up on trying to pry him away, but the odds of doing so aren't in the Blues' favor.
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