The Daily Mail's Simon Jones reports... Chelsea agree £49.3m Cavani deal as United make late move
Napoli's official radio station Radio Marte has claimed a £49.3million deal had been struck with Chelsea for striker Edinson Cavani. In a statement late on Monday evening, Radio Marte announced: "We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani's sale. Rafa Benitez also gave the all-clear, but before making the move official Napoli want to secure the striker who will replace Il Matador'. The news broke as Cavani announced he wanted face-to-face talks with president Aurelio de Laurentiis and reports that Manchester United were considering entering the race. The Mirror adds further to the story, stating that United are ready to make a record-breaking £50m move for Cavani. The paper claims that new manager David Moyes is keen to play two men up front and they say that 26-year-old Uruguayan striker Cavani 'would make a perfect partner for Robin van Persie'. The Times reports that United are waiting to learn the outcome of supposed transfer target Thiago Alcantara's decision over his future. The Barcelona midfielder has been the subject of intense speculation about a potential transfer to a number of leading clubs in Europe, but the paper also says Barca are keen to keep the player.