CAVANI HEADS TO REAL
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.