Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentis has apparently dropped a clanger by telling clubs interested in buying his star man Edinson Cavani that the striker's £53million buyout clause EXPIRES before the summer transfer window closes.
The Daily Mirror report notes that the deadline for a buyout is August 10—more than enough time to work out the details of an agreement. However, if several clubs are interesting in acquiring Cavani, now is the time to start seriously considering an offer.
Cavani himself feels playing for Chelsea would be a terrific situation, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“I'm flattered by the interest of certain teams. Who would ever say no to Real Madrid or Chelsea? We'll see what happens. There are many rumors but nothing concrete.”
Cavani probably isn’t the only one who feels it would be a tremendous fit.
Despite piecing together a terrific Premier League term, Chelsea are still short in the striker department. Adding a player like Cavani would provide a huge boost to a club that got underwhelming production from the trio of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.
The Blues aren’t in desperate need, but they certainly can’t afford to pass up a golden opportunity to add a tremendous striker like Cavani to the mix.
While the £53 million buyout is certainly a hefty sum, the biggest issue at this point is closing in on a deal in the next six-plus weeks before Cavani's buyout is off the table. Should a club like Real Madrid decide to become serious bidders, Chelsea can’t afford to sit back and wait for it to all play out, especially if the Spanish giants feel they are racing the clock to strike a deal.
A deal may not be imminent, but Chelsea need to make pursuing Cavani a top priority. Elite finishers with Cavani’s talent are rare, especially when considering how few holes the striker has in his game. There’s simply too much upside to pass on.
The difference between winning and losing in the Premier League is the willingness to make big moves when the opportunities present themselves. This is a huge opportunity, and the Blues are in position to either make a move or lose out on a player who can have a massive impact on their future success.