Napoli don't need to sell Chelsea target Cavani, says De Laurentiis

The club president insists the Uruguay international could yet stay in Naples and has rejected reports that Paris Saint-Germain have triggered the striker's contract clause
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has insisted the club do not need to sell Edinson Cavani this summer, and refuted claims of a bid from Paris Saint-Germain.

The striker has been heavily linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City since the 2012-13 season finished though none of the European giants have triggered his £53 million contract clause.

Goal exclusively reported on Wednesday that Cavani has his heart set on a dream move to the Premier League and wants to join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

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However, reports from AS suggested PSG had met the Uruguayan's release clause but De Laurentiis has denied the claims and believes the 26-year-old could see out the remaining four years of his current deal at San Paolo.

"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 €63m [£53m] clause. If we do not get offers, we would be happy to have him with us at least until his contract expires in 2017."

Cavani scored twice for Uruguay in their third-place play-off against Italy at the Confederations Cup to take his tally for the tournament to three goals, though his strikes were unable to save the side from defeat in a penalty shoot-out.