Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Edinson Cavani, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney
Is the Special One ready to go after the big one?
Reports out of Italy indicate Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to meet the giant release clause of Napoli's Edinson Cavani and sign the Uruguayan striker. At least, that's what Cavani's boss is saying.
That story leads this Friday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney, Robert Lewandowski and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed to Italian radio station Radio Marte that Chelsea are interested in Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Sky Sports cites the interview here.
"There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani. They'll call me in the next few hours," De Laurentiis said. "I'll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced."
De Laurentiis also said he would reinvest all of Cavani's release clause—reportedly €63 million—into the squad. That implies Chelsea would meet the release clause to sign Cavani.
Cavani, 26, joined Napoli from Palermo in 2010. This past season, he scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances.
Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested, according to the Sky report.
Arsenal After Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney?
Arsenal have triggered the £24 million release clause in the contract of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to Matt Hughes and Matt Dickinson of The Times (subscription required).
According to the Times report, Fellaini's latest contract included a stipulation that he could move to any Champions League team that met his release clause. Arsenal have qualified for the final qualifying round of next season's Champions League.
Fellaini's interest in Arsenal has increased after speaking with Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, a former Everton teammate, reports The Times.
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey, meanwhile, reports that Fellaini's buyout clause is £22 million for a Champions League club and £24 million otherwise.
Fellaini, 25, joined Everton from Standard Liege in 2008. He scored 11 goals with five assists in the Premier League last season.
In other Arsenal transfer gossip, The Sun quotes chairman Ivan Gazidis as saying the Gunners could afford Wayne Rooney's reported £200,000-per-week wages and £25 million transfer fee.
Asked directly if they could afford the England hitman and his wages, Gazidis said: “I don’t know what his fee would be.
“I’m talking about an extra £70m of additional, high-margin revenue — so of course we could do that.
“We could do more than that.”
Rooney, 27, has turned in a transfer request with Manchester United. He scored 12 goals with 10 assists in the league last season.
Borussia Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball has told SID, as cited by ESPN, that the club still has not received an offer for striker Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski, 24, has been linked heavily with a move to Bayern Munich. Both Lewandowski's agent and departing manager Jupp Heynckes have hinted that Lewandowski could join Bayern this summer, per the Guardian here and here.
Lewandowski's contract expires in 2014, but Rauball's comments indicate the Poland international is not in a position of power with the club.
I have not heard about an offer from another club. He is under contract at BVB for the upcoming season, without a release clause, and that is what those responsible for his future have made clear to him several times.
Lewandowski joined BVB from Lech Poznan in 2010. He scored 24 Bundesliga goals and 10 in the Champions League last season.
New Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is interested in signing Real Madrid attacking midfielder/forward Jose Callejon, according to Italian sources cited by talkSPORT.
Callejon, 26, scored three goals with three assists in 30 La Liga appearances last season (15 as a substitute). He joined Real from Espanyol in 2011.
Napoli could bid about £8 million for Callejon, who has three years left on his contract, according to the report. Tottenham and Liverpool are also thought to be interested.
Damiao, 23, is a long-term target for Spurs, who have reopened negotiations with the player, according to Goal.com. The Internacional striker has earned 16 senior caps with Brazil, scoring three times.
"Marseille could be an interesting club for Leandro Damiao - especially since there is nothing completed with Tottenham," [said Vinicius Prates, Damiao's representative].
Last month, however, Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo admitted that although they had been monitoring the 23-year-old, his asking price was beyond their budget.
"We know him very, very well," Anigo told L'Equipe. "But the economics cannot be ignored. We are following him but for now he is too expensive."
AS Monaco are ready to make a move for Chelsea defender John Terry (pictured), according to Metro.
Liverpool Echo, meanwhile, reports that Iago Aspas will join the Reds "in the next 48 hours." Liverpool have also made a bid of around £3 million for Sporting defender Tiago Ilori.
Spain striker Roberto Soldado has said he wants to remain with Valencia, per talkSPORT.
Incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes wants to make Penarol full-back Guillermo Varela his first signing, according to the Daily Express.