Monday, 21st January, 2013

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has insisted that the only clubs able to buy Napoli striker Edinson Cavani are Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Cavani has been interesting Arsenal recently, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitting holding an interest in the Uruguayan, while Marotta’s club Juventus are also suitors of the player.

But Napoli will not allow Cavani to leave on the cheap and want top dollar for his services. And given the reputation of club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis for his shrewd nature in the transfer market, the eventual sum needed to buy the striker is set to be very large indeed.

Hence Marotta’s view that only clubs with oil money can afford Cavani.


"He is beyond reach for us and for any other team in Italy", Marotta told Italian radio show Tutti Convocati.

"The only ones that will be able to afford to get Cavani are the Arabs", he added.

Cavani has hit a superb 17 goals in 18 Serie A games so far this season, continuing on from his impressive feats of the previous campaign, in which he found the back of the net 23 times in 35 Serie A matches.

Napoli have the 25-year-old under lock and key with a long-term contract, running until 2017.

De Laurentiis has also stated that he does not need money, but does need to keep Cavani.

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