Edinson Cavani has plied his trade in Italy since 2007, and has scored 29 goals in all competitions for Napoli this season. As the Partenopei sit in second place in the Serie A table, their star striker continues to be linked to a number of major European clubs.
The 26-year-old fueled the rumor mill this week by admitting he is open to a move elsewhere (via The Express).
Here's five potential destinations for the talented Uruguayan next season...
As a South American with a huge price tag—and even bigger goal-scoring potential—Manchester City are naturally the front-runners for Cavani's signature.
The striker is said to have a buy-out clause of around €63 million, designed to stop big clubs from poaching him. In fact, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis thinks you'd have to be a "nutter" to pay that much!
De Laurentiis is probably right, but newspapers such as the Daily Mail believe he could swap the sky blue of Napoli for the sky blue of Man City this summer. With the potential departure of Edin Dzeko and the perceived under-performance of Sergio Aguero, Cavani could be a good fit at Eastlands.
Real Madrid have made no secret of their desire to bring Cavani to the Bernabeu, while the player cryptically said Spain's top two teams would "stimulate the imagination" in February (via The Express).
Last month, Cavani's dad told Marca TV he believed the chances of a deal being struck with Los Blancos was "50-50" (via realmadrid.dk).
Spanish paper Sport, meanwhile, upped the ante this week by claiming president Florentino Perez said a deal with Napoli is "practically closed" (via tribalfootball.com).
As B/R's Karl Matchett suggests, there's not enough room in Madrid for Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Cavani, so someone would have to make way.
Chelsea seem to have set their sights on bringing Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge—perhaps sending Fernando Torres back to his old Atletico Madrid hunting ground in the process—but the Colombian also seems to be a priority for Manchester Utd (via The Guardian).
If The Blues miss out on Falcao, they could put their energies into bringing Cavani to south-west London instead. To that effect, The Express claimed Chelsea were locked in a "transfer war" with Manchester City for the Uruguayan in February.
With Abramovich apparently keen to usher out and replace the old guard of John Terry and Frank Lampard, one would suspect that spending €63 million on a single striker is counter-intuitive, particularly with the threat of Financial Fair Play rules looming. Yet the Russian oligarch has seldom let counter-intuitiveness stand in the way of his hiring and firing...
According to various sources (including epltalk.com), Arsene Wenger will be allowed to dust off Arsenal's check book this summer with a spending budget of around £70 million.
Stevan Jovetic, David Villa, and Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez have all been linked with the Gunners in recent months, but Wenger is said to have had a long-standing interest in Cavani too.
Sadly, the feeling isn't mutual: in February, Cavani claimed he knew nothing of Arsenal's interest! (via skysports.com)
We're talking about a high-profile player with a big buy-out clause, so you didn't think Paris Saint-Germain would be left out of the discussion, did you?
Last season, Cavani expressed his interest in a move to Paris with fellow countryman Luis Suarez (via goal.com), based on the recommendation of Diego Lugano (who has since been loaned out to Malaga).
Talks of a switch to Ligue 1 have hardly died down since then, with the Daily Mail reporting that PSG director of football Leonardo met with his representatives in January to discuss a deal.
If the much-touted swoop for Wayne Rooney doesn't pan out, perhaps Les Parisiens will divert their resources and energies back to bringing Cavani to their ever-expanding project.