This is a story which has been rolling on for weeks. Edinson Cavani is more than likely going to leave Napoli this summer, as much as the Italian club want or think he’s going to stay.
The possible Premier League destinations are Manchester City and Chelsea and the issue could now be finally put to rest just after the middle of next month.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has set a deadline for the striker to make a decision and has even threatened to ‘rip his head off’ if he strings the Italian club along for much longer.
“I trust in Cavani, I think that he’s a good man and he has the opportunity to prove it by staying at Napoli. I think that the Cavani ‘soap opera’ will come to an end on 20 July - If it doesn’t, I’ll rip his head off,” he told Marca.
In one sense it’s a positive to have a date which clubs can work towards because not only does it make it easier for Napoli to plan on replacing him, it also makes it easier for the clubs trying to get him.
It also provides a cut off point, which means all parties can move on after that date if nothing is resolved in time.
However, it’s a little naïve of the Napoli boss to expect an end to the saga as soon as the striker gets back to Italy.
These things take time and even after he returns, there are still negotiations between clubs to take place plus the fact Cavani has to agree terms with the side he is meant to be joining.
There could be some back and forth between the clubs involved which just lengthens out the process of his transfer. It’s too big a deal to happen quickly and easily.
What Cavani doesn’t need is a figurehead of the club making claims such as this which effectively bully and put pressure on the player to try and sway his decision.
“Does anyone think that I’ll let Cavani leave on 10 August, with the league campaign about to kick off?,” he added.
Cavani has more than likely made up his mind over whether he’s going to stay or leave for England, Spain or any of the other top leagues in Europe.
This apparent threat is clearly tongue in cheek but players have been sold and moved on long after a season has started, from Napoli’s point of view, it’s a shame the transfer window doesn’t end on July 20 and the Italian window doesn’t shut by the first league game.
Player power has always been fairly evident in football so if July 20 comes and goes, nothing happens and we’re in the same situation, then it won’t be a major surprise.
Do you still think he’ll come to England? If so where?
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