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Napoli recently managed to sell Edinson Cavani for the fee they have been asking in the last few years. The Uruguay striker has joined French club PSG for around £ 53 million, which is one of the highest ever transfer fees paid to a player. The departure of the Uruguay star, though, has left a void in the Napoli team. As a result, they will be getting into the transfer market in order to strengthen the team according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis. The club recently appointed former Chelsea and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez as the replacement for Walter Mazzarri, who departed for Inter Milan.
De Laurentiis is keen on giving his new manager some chance to achieve the feats of the last few years when Napoli have managed to rise as one of the top teams in Italy. Last season, they finished second in the table only behind eventual winners Juventus. However, the absence of Cavani will be a huge loss for the club because he has contributed majority of the goals for the club in the last two years. Napoli are believed to be targeting Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on the market for around £ 25 million.
This fee will not be a problem for Napoli, who are cash rich following the sale of Cavani.
“It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao. The money we got for Cavani added to the £52million we had set aside for the transfer budget means there will be £107.5m to carefully invest on Napoli,” said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Napoli, though, will have to face stiff competition from Arsenal, who are believed to be on the verge of signing the Argentine ace. Chelsea are also monitoring the situation as well after losing out on Cavani.
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has said that a continuous barrage of criticism from several sections of the media and fans could eventually drive him out of Liverpool in the summer. Suarez has faced several criticisms from the day he arrived at Liverpool. He has been banned for more than 10 matches on two counts. The first suspension was served due to racial abuse of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, while the second suspension was due to the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match between the two clubs.
Suarez cost Liverpool £ 20 million from Ajax a few seasons ago. However, he is now valued at around £ 40 million after an impressive showing with the Merseyside club. The Uruguay striker could have finished as the top scorer in the Premier league had it not been for the suspension. He will now be suspended for the opening six matches of the new campaign as well. The striker has been subjected to interest from clubs like PSG in the past. Real Madrid are the latest club to show an interest in the player, who has scored more than 20 league goals in the Premier league last season.
Suarez has said that he is extremely happy to be aware of the interest from a club like Real Madrid.
“I love Liverpool, but if there is a chance of playing somewhere else … I suffered too much as a kid to get where I am to be attacked unfairly by the English press. They haven’t appreciated me as a player, they’ve just judged my attitude. I’m happy at Liverpool, I’m happy because of the fans. My daughter and my wife have suffered. I’m not prepared to continue to put up with the English press,” said the 26-year-old in a recent interview to a radio station in Uruguay.
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