Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Edinson Cavani, Cesc Fabregas, Stevan Jovetic
Arrivederci, Napoli. Bonjour, Paris.
Edinson Cavani has—at long last—completed his move from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain, ending one of the summer's most drawn-out transfer sagas. Details of the deal for the Uruguay international lead this Tuesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
Inside we also have updates on Cesc Fabregas, Marouane Fellaini, Luis Suarez, Stevan Jovetic and more. Keep reading for all the details.
Edinson Cavani Joins Paris Saint-Germain After Delayed Press Conference
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Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli after meeting the player's release clause. The club announced the signing Tuesday on PSG's official website.
Cavani, 26, signed a five-year contract and will wear squad No. 9 next season, via The Sun.
Per The Telegraph, Cavani flew to Paris on Monday to finalize his £55 million (€63 million) transfer from Napoli.
PSG were set to host a press conference Tuesday, as announced on the club's official website. The conference was delayed for more than two hours because Napoli had not authorised the Cavani unveling, according to French Football Weekly.
Cavani led Serie A with 29 goals in 34 appearances last season. He scored three goals for Uruguay in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis called the transfer fee "ethically wrong," per ESPN.
"If it wasn't for that clause, I wouldn't have sold him, not even for €70 million," de Laurentiis said. "It's a question of principle. You can’t just go around buying everything—it's ethically wrong. The problem is these clubs are sponsored by companies who flaunt absurd sums of money."
Cesc Fabregas Latest
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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas would consider a move to Manchester United if Barcelona accept United's offer for him, per The Guardian.
United lodged a £25 million bid for Cesc on Tuesday, per BBC Sport. According to the report, Arsenal have the right of first refusal on Cesc, should Barcelona sell. Cesc played for Arsenal from 2003-11.
According to an ESPN report, Arsenal would not receive 50 percent of any sell-on fee from Barcelona, contrary to earlier reports. In a separate report, ESPN quotes Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova as saying Cesc does not want to leave the club.
"He doesn't want to go to other teams for money reasons or playing time," Vilanova said. "He knows there is competition for places here, but his decision is to stay. I am relaxed about the situation."
Cesc, 26, recorded 11 goals and 11 assists in 32 La Liga matches last season.
Manchester United Also Interested in Marouane Fellaini?
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Manchester United manager David Moyes wants to sign midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton to pair with Cesc Fabregas in a new-look United midfield, according to The Guardian.
United have been linked with a move for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, reportedly launching a £25 million bid (see previous slide).
Moyes signed Fellaini for Everton from Standard Liege in a £15 million deal in 2008, per The Guardian. Fellaini is under contract with Everton until 2016 and has a release clause of about £23 million, according to the report.
Luis Suarez Latest
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Liverpool have included Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez in their squad for an upcoming tour of the Far East, per Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, per The Independent, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said he would have no problem playing with Suarez. Suarez is serving a 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic during a Premier League match near the end of last season.
Arsenal are also thought to be interested, having placed a £35 million bid, per The Independent.
Suarez, 26, scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season.
Manchester City Closing on Stevan Jovetic?
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Manchester City are closing in on a £28 million deal to sign Montenegro international forward Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, according to the Daily Mail.
According to the report, City were also interested in Alvaro Negredo but have seen their chances of signing the Sevilla striker fade.
Meanwhile, Goal.com reports that City and Fiorentina have agreed a fee of £23.3 million for Jovetic.
Jovetic, 23, scored 13 goals in 31 league appearances last season. He joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in 2008.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke wants Tottenham Hotspur to speed up their reported pursuit of him so he doesn't have to report for preseason training Thursday, per Mirror Football.
AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia has asked the club not to sell midfielder Daniele De Rossi to Chelsea, per Metro.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda (pictured) has confirmed his interest in joining AC Milan, according to Championat.com (h/t Sky Sports).
Sunderland have completed the signing of Italy international attacking midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini from Juventus, per Sunderland's official website.
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has confirmed the club's interest in PSG defender Thiago Silva, per Goal.com.