Chelsea have agreed a £49.3 million fee for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Italian side’s official radio station Radio Marte.
In a statement released last night, the station said: “We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani’s sale.
“Rafa Benitez also gave the all-clear, but before making the move official Napoli want to secure the striker who will replace Il Matador.
“Aurelio De Laurentiis’ club will pick up around €58m, a slight discount on the buy-out clause, which is the same situation as Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG last year.
“The player will earn €8.5m per season plus image rights.”
The deal is not yet done. As we reported earlier, Manchester United are set to make a late attempt to hijack the deal.
But the Blues are the first club to have an offer accepted by Napoli and must now be considered the favourites to sign the Uruguay international.
Cavani is thought to prefer a move to Real Madrid, but the Premier League seems a more likely destination.
The player’s agent, Claudio Anellucci, has poured cold water on the reports, which suggests United and Cavani’s other suitors are still in with a shout.
He said: “There is nothing closed with Chelsea.”