Manchester United and Chelsea is in hot pursuit of start striker Edison Cavani from Napoli. the Uruguayan has been rumoured to want a salary of £300,000 a week.
Edinson Cavani wants a staggering £300,000-a-week deal to move from Napoli.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are all in pursuit of the Uruguay striker, whose agents set out his demands in London meetings with the Premier League clubs this week.
Cavani is currently playing for his country in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, but his ‘team’ are trying to get agreement on personal terms in his abence.
Mirror Sport revealed United’s late entry into the £53million race as Napoli look to settle one of the summer’s most fascinating sagas.
However, Manchester City have now distanced themselves from interest in the player, whose personal demands will make any deal a huge financial commitment.
Cavani wants the fixed-fee set out in his contract dropped by Napoli, but he will also have to be flexible and reduce his demands or risk being stuck at the Serie A side.
If the 26-year-old signs for five years, it would make the total bill close to a staggering £130m.
United are prepared to back new manager David Moyes regarding the transfer fee, but Cavani’s demands are a problem as clubs work to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
The Old Trafford club already pay strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney handsomely, while Chelsea think a combination of Cavani’s proposed terms and the £53m fee are likely to put a deal beyond their reach.
Napoli are trying to get as much money as possible, claiming Chelsea have agreed a fee - but that news was shot down by Cavani’s camp.
And Napoli’s new coach, ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, spelled out on Tuesday that he is desperate to keep Cavani.
Benitez reportedly told Radio Marca: “Neither me or the president want Cavani to leave because he’s a really important player for us.
“Clearly, there is a clause that you can’t control, but we want him to stay to score many goals and to continue growing with Napoli.
“He found success and fame with this team and he can stay for another year with supporters who love him.
“Napoli don’t need the money. Should he leave, it will be for his clause, and it’s a really high sum.
It is clear that United is looking to strengthen their squad with a quality striker to pair up with Van Persie and they can certainly afford Cavani.