Arsenal and Man City circle Napoli striker Edinson Cavani
Cavani hints at a move from Napoli - but with the Italians valuing him at £60m, who can afford it?
THE RACE to sign Edinson Cavani has taken another turn after the Uruguayan hitman admitted he couldn't say if he'd be back at Napoli next season.
Italian rag La Repubblica believes the South American striker – who has netted 29 times in 36 games this season – is torn between feelings of loyalty for the club and the prospect of playing in the Premier League next season. La Repubblica claims that Arsenal and Manchester City are the two clubs circling Cavani, with the Gunners only remaining an option if they qualify for next season's Champions League, by no means certain following last night's goalless draw against Everton.
Asked by the paper if he could give a cast-iron guarantee he would be on Napoli's books next season, Cavani replied: "I'm fine in Naples, but in football there are lots of things to consider. I can only say that I will give my all in this shirt until the last day I wear it."
It's reported that Napoli expect £60m in return for the 26-year-old, though in the present economic climate not even a club as wealthy as Manchester City's are likely to fork out such a fortune.
Talksport reports that the man known as "the Belgian Ronaldo" is at the centre of a tug-of-war between Inter Milan and Manchester United. Anderlecht frontman David Henen turns 17 later this week and despite his tender years he has drawn comparisons with Real Madrid's Portuguese poseur.
United have already been linked with a move for Henen but now Talksport claims that scouts from Inter have been spotted at Anderlecht in recent weeks. Though the youngster is contracted to the Belgian club for two more years, it's believed Anderlecht would be prepared to sell to either United or Inter if their asking price of £3m is met.
The Metro says that Chelsea are in the process of "finally agreeing a deal with Bayer Leverkusen" over winger Andre Schurrle. The Blues have been chasing the 22-year-old winger for more than a year and it appears their tenacity has paid off, with Leverkusen accepting Chelsea's latest offer.
According to the Metro, the German club have knocked back three previous bids from the Blues but the £20m tabled recently has weakened their resolve. Schurrle is therefore set to become Chelsea's first summer acquisition with the wideman poised to pocket weekly wages of £90,000 over the course of the next five years.
In the meantime, the Metro reckons a raft of Chelsea stalwarts are heading for the exit in the summer with Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun and Frank Lampard all set to depart.
The Evening Standard has it on good authority that Swansea are closing in on Andros Townsend. The Tottenham winger joined QPR on loan in January and has performed well in difficult circumstances.
Townsend is set to return to the Lane next month but the Standard says Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has targeted the 21-year-old as the sort of player who would thrive at the Liberty Stadium. An offer of £5 million beckons and apparently Spurs will likely accept the deal for a player who's struggled to break into the first team in recent seasons.
Finally, Paris Saint-Germain seem intent on hoovering up most of the Premier League's finest – according to the tabloids at least. Yesterday the papers reported that the French club were after Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Nani. Today The Sun claims they are also pursuing Manchester City's Samir Nasri and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
"I like the idea of seeing great French players come back home," declared PSG sporting director Leonardo in confirming the club was interested in the duo. "We could well do our shopping in England." The pair, both seasoned French internationals, won't come cheap but money is no object for PSG as they look to become a dominant force in Europe. ·