By Rupert Winter
CHELSEA are reportedly in talks with Napoli after the Italian club revealed they are ready to part with super striker Edinson Cavani.
Chelsea have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Hulk following Zenit St Petersburg’s bid for the Porto striker, reportedly offering £38 million for the 25-year-old striker.
Porto are reportedly demanding a massive £60 million for the talented Brazilian.
“I have not heard about a bid from Zenit, but at £40 million I cannot see Porto selling,” a Chelsea source told ESPN.
“I know Chelsea have been linked with Hulk all summer, in fact all year. But Chelsea have never negotiated. Chelsea know the price and are not prepared to even negotiate around those sorts of figures.”
Roberto Di Matteo has made signing a forward his top priority this summer after losing Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou earlier this summer but accepts his pursuit of Hulk is over.
Having struck 33 goals in 47 games last season Di Matteo believes Cavani possess the correct physical attributes for Premier League target man and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the new season kicks off.
As Napoli are prepared to settle for a cut price offer of €35 million, it looks as though a deal could go ahead.