Madrid ‘can’t afford’ Cavani

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has reflected that Real Madrid cannot get to the amount required to buy Edinson Cavani at the moment.

The Uruguayan forward, who played 70 minutes against Spain on Wednesday evening, hinted earlier this week of the temptation that Barcelona and Real Madrid represent.

Linked with both in recent transfer windows too, the 25-year-old who has averaged a goal every game this season is once again the subject of a De Laurentiis denial.

“The last thing on my mind is depriving myself of Cavani,” the Napoli President told reporters today.

“I like him as a player and as a man. He’s always there for us, always present, you can count on him 100 per cent.”

Cavani has a €63m buyout clause in his contract, which De Laurentiis made clear would be difficult for any team to afford, including Madrid.

“I can't do anything about the rescission clause from a legal perspective. But I can do everything possible to convince the player to stay. After all, he would have to accept any transfer.

“And, anyway, who will give me that amount? In the summer I refused €55m, Real Madrid can't get to €50m.

“And to pay the €63m in the clause it would actually take around €70m…”

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