Date: 5th July 2013 at 12:00pm
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Edinson-Cavani (1)Chelsea’s hopes of signing Edinson Cavani could be over as Paris Saint-Germain appear willing to pay the forward’s astronomical release clause of £54 million.

The Uruguyan has been linked with Chelsea all summer along with Manchester City and Real Madrid but Paris now looks his most likely destination as all three of the aforementioned are unlikely to pay his release fee.

Cavani has been highly sought after for the sheer amount of goals he’s scored for Napoli in the past three seasons (104 in 138 games) which is why the club have stuck to their guns over the asking price and the Evening Standard have reported that terms between the player and PSG have been agreed since March. They believe that he will on over £160,000-a-week at the Ligue 1 club.

PSG’s new manager has even spoken of Cavani’s potential arrival earlier in the week:

“Cavani is a player that I love, like a lot of people. I saw him play several times with Naples and Uruguay and should he be part of the Parisian team, I would be very happy.”

It would be a blow to those that were hoping to see the Uruguayan in a Chelsea shirt and for the club’s pursuit of a striker but missing out on the 26-year-old has certainly spared Roman Abramovich’s chequebook.

Napoli were never going to let any club split the payments so will sell to the highest bidder for cash up front and no one else will be willing to match PSG’s offer. It was also unlikely that Chelsea were ever going to pay more than AS Monaco paid for Radamel Falcao, who is arguably a much better forward whilst Cavani hasn’t the resale value at his age to warrant such a vast expenditure.

Chelsea will have to be a little more creative if they want to boost their attacking options this summer but I don’t see why faith cannot be put in Romelu Lukaku at this stage and I also think the issues in defence as well as midfield are far more pressing anyway.

Don’t get me wrong as Cavani is a very good player but the release fee is over £20m too much and we shouldn’t be held to ransom by an outfit like Napoli.

Source: Evening Standard