City and Chelsea need to break British record to sign Cavani

Manchester City and Chelsea have been warned that Uruguayan goal machine Edinson Cavani will not come cheap.

The Premier League big spenders have both been tracking the Napoli star and had been expected to make a move for him in the summer. But they will have to spend big to land the 26-year-old.

Sky Sports report that Cavani only signed a contract extension last summer and Napoli will hold out for at least £53m for the hit man. The club president Aurelio De Laurentiis tweeted: “I put a really high cost on it, because I do not want to see it (Cavani leave).

“And I put it (the cost) with the agreement of players.”

Huge success at Napoli

Cavani joined Napoli from Palermo for €17m three years ago. He was an instant success, scoring 33 goals in 47 games in his first season. He did almost as well the following year with 33 goals in 48 games.

However, this season is turning out to be his best yet as he already has 31 goals in 36 games in all competitions.

His goals have fired Napoli into second place in the Serie A table. They look certain to be back in the Champions League next season after losing out to Udinese last term.

They still have an outside chance of lifting the title for the first time since Diego Maradona was at the club. However, that looks to be a step too far as they are nine points behind Juventus with only eight games to play.

Falcao yet to receive an offer

Meanwhile, Europe’s other hottest property, Radamel Falcao has said he is yet to receive a concrete offer from City, Chelsea or Real Madrid.

The Columbian striker said: “I have received no concrete offers to leave Atletico Madrid. I have three years of contract with Atletico.”

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