New Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has insisted Edinson Cavani will leave the club as soon as Chelsea make an ‘irresistible offer’.
Chelsea and Napoli are thought to be playing hard ball over the fee for the striker, with the Blues setting a £40 million limit for the deal while Napoli want over £50 million, which would trigger the release clause in his contract.
“We want Cavani to stay at Napoli. We would be really happy if that's how it works out. If he leaves then it would only be because someone has matched the release clause or comes up with an irresistible offer,” said the recently departed former Chelsea boss.
The agent of Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel has denied that the player held talks with Jose Mourinho over a possible switch to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have reportedly made an offer of £8 million for the Dutch youngster but his current club are thought to want close to double that, holding out for a £15 million fee.
“Nothing is sure. There is interest but it is not the time for all parties to say something about it. A lot of things are being said and written and it's a bit chaotic. From our side we are just keeping quiet,” Karel Jansen told the Evening Standard.
Juan Mata has categorically denied claims he is moving back to Spain, with Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in signing him.
For some bizarre reason, several sources have suggested Mata is surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho but Mata has admitted he has no idea where that idea and the rumours have come from.
Mata has gone on to reveal that the last time he spoke to Chelsea, they confirmed he was a very important player in their future plans which suggests he will be playing his football at Stamford Bridge next season.
Chelsea have completed the signing of striker Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract.
Schurrle becomes Jose Mourinho’s first signing in his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge and the move is set to go through as soon as the transfer window officially opens on Monday.
“I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,” he told the club’s website.
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