Chelsea are in negotiations to sign Edinson Cavani, but face strong competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the Napoli striker’s signature. Indeed, French publication Le Parisien reports that Cavani’s agent, Pierpaolo Triulzi, has been in Paris discussing a potential move to the French champions as the last stop on his tour to meet potential suitors that has also taken in London and a meeting with Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to add a top quality striker to his squad and Chelsea’s interest in Cavani appears to be at an advanced stage. The Independent understands that reports claiming that the Blues have made an offer of €50 million (£42.8m) plus Fernando Torres for the Uruguay international. However that bid was rejected as Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis refuses to countenance any offer that doesn’t straight-up match their star man’s €63 million (£54m) buyout clause.
De Laurentiis’ increasingly entrenched stance has begun to frustrate Cavani, who has called for face-to-face talks. But the president continues to insist no discussions are necessary unless his release clause is triggered. Sky Sports does not think that is something which Chelsea are willing to do, meaning that it is likely to require Cavani to apply pressure to his president to engineer a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy in recent days. Despite a breakthrough year at the San Siro last term, Milan recently refused to rule out selling the 20-year-old this summer. But talks between vice president Adriano Galliani and El Shaarawy on Tuesday have led to a decision that the Italy international will be staying put.
"Everything went well. Stephan has always been an AC Milan fan and has reiterated his determination to continue playing for the Rossoneri,” a club statement read. “That pledge was reciprocated by Milan, with conviction. Milan and El Shaarawy will move forward together, as they have since 2011. No more talk of the transfer market, no more rumors. AC Milan, the Rossoneri colors and the 'Faraone' will absolutely continue on together."
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One player whose future is still far from resolved is Wayne Rooney. The forward is meeting with new Manchester United manager David Moyes this week to try and reach a resolution after Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims that Rooney asked to leave the club toward the end of last season. The Daily Telegraph has reported that Chelsea are already testing United’s resolve to hold onto the player with a bid of £20 million. Despite disputing Ferguson’s comments, Rooney is thought to be open to leaving Old Trafford and to have huge respect for Mourinho.
According to Portuguese publication A Bola, Chelsea have also made an offer of €15 million (£12.9m) for hotly tipped Sporting Lisbon youngster Bruma. The 18-year-old winger is currently further enhancing his reputation at the Under-20 World Cup when he has scored five goals in Portugal’s three group games. Understandably Chelsea are far from the only club interested in Bruma, but Sporting hope to persuade the player to sign a new contract and remain at the Alvalade for the time being.