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Chelsea 'Agree £49.3m Fee' With Napoli For Edinson Cavani

25/06/2013 10:49 BST | Updated 25/06/2013 22:04 BST

Chelsea have agreed a £49.3 million fee with Napoli for striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

Radio Marte, a station close to Napoli, said late on Monday evening a deal of around €58m had been struck between the Neapolitans and Chelsea, with the transfer set to go through once Napoli have signed a replacement.

Cavani, currently preparing for Uruguay's Confederations Cup semi-final with Brazil on Wednesday, scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A games last season as the Partenopei finished second behind Juventus.

The 26-year-old scored twice in Napoli's Champions League last 16 first leg victory against Chelsea last year, only for the Blues to come back in the return tie with a 4-1 win.

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Cavani played twice against Chelsea last year

Cavani's buy-out clause is believed to be around €54m, and he contradicted Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis' claim he will "remain at Napoli" this summer.

After Uruguay secured their semi-final berth, Cavani said: “Those statements were strong and I didn't really like them very much.

"Now I want to speak with the President face-to-face, as I have done on numerous occasions in the past."

Although his father has claimed he would prefer a move to Real Madrid Chelsea could capitalise on the uncertainty at the Santiago Bernabéu, where José Mourinho's successor is yet to be confirmed.

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Cavani will play against Brazil on Wednesday

Carlo Ancelotti will almost certainly replace the Portuguese but remains coach at Paris Saint-Germain.

Scouted by Manchester City and linked with Manchester United only today, should Cavani join Chelsea it would further push Fernando Torres towards the exit door after two-and-a-half miserable years.

Torres has collected FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League winners' medals with Chelsea since his £50m January 2011 transfer, but his performances have been distinctly underwhelming under four different coaches.

Romelu Lukaku's return after an auspicious campaign with West Brom - as well as Demba Ba's respectable showings since joining from Newcastle United - make for an ominous forecast for Torres.