Reported Chelsea target Edinson Cavani has brushed off speculation about his future, saying that he is happy at Napoli but will discuss any major offers if and when they arrive. The Uruguayan is one of the most in-demand strikers this summer with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea all said to be in pursuit. Cavani, though, is not troubling himself with all the attention.
“Real Madrid, Chelsea and (Manchester) City are interested in me? I just think about Napoli,” he told Uruguayan outlet Ovacion Digital. "If an important offer were to come in, I will talk with president [Aurelio] De Laurentiis. I'm fine in Italy, I have grown as a man there and as a player with the Serie A experience."
It is likely to take an enormous offer to secure Cavani, however, with the player having a buyout clause of €63 million (£53m) and Napoli rejecting a bid of €55 million (£46m) last summer. Such figures have seen big-spending Monaco come into the equation in recent days.
But Monaco may have turned their attentions elsewhere with claims that another Chelsea target, Radamel Falcao, is on the verge of moving to the principality. Indeed, French news agency AFP has reported that the Colombia international was in Monaco on Tuesday to discuss a deal, with the newly promoted Ligue 1 club having met his €60 million (£51.3m) buyout clause. Falcao, 27, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer and was seen as Chelsea’s leading target to spearhead their attack next season.
With Rafael Benitez having taken charge of Chelsea for the final time in Saturday’s friendly against Chelsea in New York, the club is currently without a manager. It is widely believed, though, that former boss Jose Mourinho will be returning. And, according to the Sun, the Real Madrid coach is keen to bring Luka Modric with him to west London.
The Croatian playmaker only arrived from Tottenham in a deal worth around £30 million last summer. But he has not enjoyed the greatest of seasons at the Bernabeu and was voted as the worst signing of the campaign by readers of Marca newspaper. Yet Modric has been more of a regular in Mourinho’s side in recent weeks and the Sun quotes a “Chelsea insider” claiming that the Portuguese is determined to reunite with the midfielder. There could well be competition for the 27-year-old’s signature, with another former suitor, Manchester United, trailing Modric, reports the Sunday People.
Another decision that Mourinho will have to make if and when he takes charge is over the future of Thibaut Courtois. The 21-year-old has again excelled in his second season on loan at Atletico Madrid, yet with Petr Cech ensconced between the posts at Stamford Bridge, the club is faced with something of a dilemma.
Courtois recently revealed that Chelsea want him to go on loan to a Premier League club to get experience of the different demands placed on a goalkeeper in England, however the Belgium international has left no doubt about where he wants his immediate future to lie.
“Thank you very much to all Atletico fans for this season!” he wrote on Twitter. “Your support in every game has been amazing! I want to stay here one more year to continue sharing joy with you!”