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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Napoli: Chelsea interested in Cavani

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Chelsea are interested in Edinson Cavani, and is expecting negotiations to take place "in the next few hours".

Edinson Cavani is a target for Chelsea and Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani is being pursued by Chelsea

Cavani has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for many months but Chelsea must activate a €63 million release clause in the Uruguay international's contract.

Incoming Blues boss Jose Mourinho is evidently a keen admirer of the striker and De Laurentiis hinted that a deal may be agreed upon in the coming days.

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"The budget for the transfer market will be based in relation to the Financial Fair Play rules," De Laurentiis told Radio Marte.

"If Cavani is sold then I’ll reinvest all of the €63 million of his rescission clause. There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they’ll call me in the next few hours.

"I'll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced."

Meanwhile, Juan Zuniga has been linked with Inter and Juventus recently, but De Laurentiis insists the winger is going nowhere this summer.

"Zuniga will stay at Napoli. I won’t sell him - not even for €25m."

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