With stalling strikers such as Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll going for £50m and £35m respectively either Chelsea or Man City could be on for a good coup this summer. The Napoli president has let slip Argentine ace Ezequiel Lavezzi has a staggeringly low buy-out clause of just £26m (a similar price Everton were once asking for Jack Rodwell)!
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis let the details of Lavezzi’s release fee slip when faced questions of rumours the forward could be moving to mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
He was quoted in La Stampa stating:
“The future of Lavezzi is clear – he has a buyout clause of €32million. If he wants to go to Russia in the wilderness to earn more, he can do it. I do not work for money but for something else.”
The Serie A striker has impressed both domestically and in Europe this season, attracting attention from many of Europe’s top clubs. Manchester City will inevitably be linked with all of Europe’s top stars once more this summer (majority of the time with little evidence supporting the rumours), whilst Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made no secret of the fact he wants new blood at the Bridge and especially players with pace which Lavezzi has to spare.
Lavezzi would certainly be worth a punt for either club at just £26m which is spare change compared to some transfer fees these days. Newcastle have proved this season that top quality strikers do not have to cost the earth, signing Demba Ba for FREE and Papa Cisse for just £9m!
Would Napoli be tempted by a £50m bid for both Lavezzi and Napoli hot-shot Edison Cavani? I’m sure all involved at both Chelsea and Man City would love to see both Cavani and Lavezzi linking up as they have done so successfully in Italy.
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