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Napoli: PSG have not bid for Chelsea target Cavani

ESPN staff
July 4, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has dismissed reports that the Serie A club have received an offer from Paris Saint-Germain for Edinson Cavani.

Speculation over Cavani's possible departure from Naples increased this week, with the striker seemingly destined for Chelsea, but PSG now appear to lead the chase after coach Laurent Blanc expressed his desire to sign the Uruguay international.

Spanish newspaper AS reported on Wednesday that the French champions were prepared to meet Napoli's mammoth release clause for Cavani.

But De Laurentiis was quick to play down the rumours, revealing the club have not had any formal contact with PSG and insisting a "rich club" like Napoli does not need to cash in on their stars.

"We have not received an offer from PSG for Cavani," he told Sky Sport 24. "We are a rich club that respects financial fair play, we do not need to sell our players.

"If someone wants 'El Matador' then they will have to pay the €63 million (£54m) clause. If we do not get offers, we would be happy to have him with us at least until his contract expires in 2017."

Manchester City and Real Madrid have also been linked with the 26-year-old.

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