Will Chelsea's Cavani 'agreement' get them into trouble?

Spanish news source AS has claimed Chelsea have reached an agreement with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

Just what that agreement contains is unclear because the official stand of each club over the striker hasn’t really changed.

Chelsea seem reluctant to meet Napoli’s valuation for the Uruguayan which at the moment sits at well over the £50 million mark.

Neither party can be blamed for playing hard ball over price because football is now a big business where clubs will always try and get the best value out of any transfer deal.

What Chelsea have done according to AS is effectively setup an arrangement which will see any deal go through quickly if it’s based around personal terms and demands.

“According to sources in the negotiation, Cavani has already reached an agreement with Chelsea - The British begin trading later this week in Naples,” reads the translated version of the AS Report.

If it is a personal agreement then all parties could be in hot water with FIFA because it’s against their regulations to talk to players under contract at other clubs.

Cavani is definitely a player that would substantially enhance Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League title so they can’t be blamed for trying to give themselves an advantage wherever possible.

His goalscoring record in European football is superb and something which makes him a very stable proposition and a player who could capitalise on the superb midfield that Chelsea already have in place.

The problem comes in the form of Aurelio De Laurentiis who has made no secret over the fact that he will make things as difficult as possible for Chelsea to complete any sort of deal for Cavani.

De Laurentiis will be well aware of that ‘talks’ and ‘meetings’ which go on in football outside of official avenues and if there is even the smallest sign of illegality, he will prey on that.

Napoli’s new manager Rafa Benitez has also made it clear he’d like Cavani to stay at the club and he too would pounce on any signs of an agreement which will get Chelsea into trouble.

Chelsea seem very keen on Cavani because he can make them stronger in several ways, but it’s starting to look like a very complicated deal hence the renewed links to Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.

Do you think the agreement AS mentions is personal terms?

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