City won't and Real Madrid won't either; so will Chelsea stump up £53.6m for goal-machine?

With talk of Manchester City and Real Madrid pulling out of the race for Edinson Cavani will Chelsea pay the buy-out clause for the striking sensation?

Edinson Cavani’s future looks set to continue rumbling on for much of the summer with the Napoli forward one of Europe’s most sought after talents.

The reasons why are pretty self-explanatory. The 26-year-old Uruguayan trades in goals and has done ever since arriving in Italy at Palermo back in 2007.

And after his best season in Europe yet with 38 goals in 43 games the obvious clamour for his services has now started.

But where could he end up?

Well this week he talked up the chance of a switch to Chelsea or Real Madrid this summer:

“Who could say no to Chelsea or Real Madrid? Let us be honest, here.’’ 

It was talk that saw the occasionally outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis say this remarkable quote:

“Will I let Cavani go before August 10? I trust in the man, then if he doesn’t want to it’ll be a joke on me. However, I believe he is a real man and will therefore remain at Napoli.’’ 

And it turns out he may not have much of a choice. The super striker has a whopping minimum fee release clause said to be in the region of £53.6 million.

That price-tag has already reportedly put Manchester City out of the running and according to a report in Spain Real Madrid are also said to have given up on the player.

Local radio station Cade Naser claim:

Regarding Cavani, information arriving from Italy that Real Madrid had made ​​an offer for the Uruguayan, is false. Los Blancos have not asked for the Napoli striker and now would not be interested in acquiring his services. 

If that was also deemed to be true it would leave just Chelsea as the last team standing in the hunt for his services.

Whether Jose Mourinho is willing to stump up over £50 million for the striker is another question entirely; but if he was so inclined he may find himself with an open path in the pursuit of one of Europe’s most wanted strikers.

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