Transfer news

Cavani wants showdown talks

June 24, 2013
By ESPN staff

Edinson Cavani has outlined his disappointment with comments made by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis regarding his future.

Cavani, 26, has been linked with a move away from Napoli this summer, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea linked with the striker, who has a €63 million release clause.

De Laurentiis recently said of the player that "I'll smack him" if a conclusion over whether the Uruguay international will be remaining at Napoli is not reached by July 20.

"Will I let Cavani go before August 10? I trust in the man, then if he doesn’t want to it’ll be a joke on me,” De Laurentiis told Radio Rai.

"However, I believe he is a real man and will therefore remain at Napoli. If he does decide to go, it will in any case be after the Confederations Cup.

"We will know everything by July 20. If not, I'll smack him!"

Cavani, though, has reacted with unease at the comments. Speaking from the Confederations Cup, he 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."