Edinson Cavani Signs New Contract With Napoli, Featuring Enormous Buyout Clause

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Edinson Cavani of Uruguay poses during a portrait session on July 22, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Edinson Cavani has signed a new contract with Serie A side Napoli, featuring a €55m buyout clause.

According to reports just now surfacing, Edinson Cavani has signed a new contract with Napoli. Should anyone want to tempt the forward away from the Italian club, they'll have to shell out €55m. Although Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis recently spoke about regretting placing this same sort of release clause in fellow forward Ezequiel Lavezzi's contract, the club seems to think that a guarantee of more than half a million is acceptable. That'll leave the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Lavezzi's new club, Manchester City, and Chelsea, who have been lusting after Cavani for quite some time, to fight it out for the Uruguayan.

Napoli won 3-0 over Palermo -- Cavani's former club -- on Sunday, their first match of the season. El Matador scored the third goal in the game, but needed it to redeem himself: he'd managed to miss nudging in the ball as he stood on the goal-line. But those sorts of moments won't matter to the clubs that believe €55m is pocket change. After all, look how long Chelsea have dealt with the frustrations of Fernando Torres.

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