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The Serie A side have turned down an offer for their star striker as they see the Uruguayan as an essential part of their recent resurgence

Napoli have rejected a £45 million (€55m) bid for Chelsea target Edinson Cavani, the club’s owner has revealed.

The Uruguay international is one of the most coveted strikers in Serie A, and is the second highest goalscorer in the division this season (13 goals) behind AC Milan starlet Stephan El Shaarawy (14 goals).

Despite being linked with Chelsea and Manchester City earlier this year, club chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the forward will remain at Stadio San Paolo for the foreseeable future, hailing the attacker’s impact on their recent return to form.

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"Cavani is a warrior who embodies all that's best of the Napoli spirit and our supporters," he told Radio Monte on Wednesday. "It is because of this I turned down an offer of €55m.

"Cavani has become the symbol of our resurgence. If I have kept him here it is not because of money, but a love for the club."

The 25-year-old’s goals have assured the Partenopei sit fifth in Italy's top flight after 18 games, 10 points behind league leaders Juventus.

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