It would be an ironic twist of fate because Benitez could prevent his current side from the signing the prolific forward, after the way he has been harshly treated by the club’s fans ever since he took over from Roberto Di Matteo.
Chelsea are on the verge of Europa League glory if they can get the better of Benfica but not even that seems enough to be able to save Rafa from the scrutiny of Chelsea supporters.
Benitez has always been a very professional manager so if he does head off to Napoli and Cavani is still there, he will approach the issue in the right way and he should listen to all offers.
However, he is also a professional who holds grudges which have manifested throughout his career. For example, he still has an obvious history with Chelsea and he still has issues with the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
It’s probably a bit naïve to suggest that he will deliberately block any Chelsea move for Cavani because of how he’s been treated at Stamford Bridge but he may not make the process very easy.
To begin with, he’d more than likely want to keep Cavani at Napoli because he’s the best striker the club have with a superb record this season of 28 Serie A goals in 33 league games.
There are going to be plenty of offers on the table, all within the same sort of price range and all very appealing to the Italian club.
Where Chelsea need to worry is if Benitez gives preference to the other bids over theirs, which is more than possible considering the calibre of some of the clubs trying to sign him.
Chelsea can get round that by tabling a clear, high price offer which tips the balance in their favour and leaves the club with no other choice but to try and do business with them.
Benitez has taken a lot of abuse throughout his time as interim manager of the club. He’s been forced to observe banners around Stamford Bridge opposing him and he’s probably suffered abuse from Chelsea supporters away from the public eye.
That’s going to have a lasting effect on him because he’s a coach who loves England and loves the Premier League. This could well push him away from the country temporarily.
He’s a human being so some of it is going to sink in so the club just have to hope that if he’s Napoli bound, he can be big enough to overlook the discourtesy he’s received throughout his time in London.
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