Napoli striker Edinson Cavani was hoping to sign for Chelsea this summer, it has been revealed.

Cavani, also a target for Manchester City, has long been a favourite of Blues owner Roman Abramovich and technical director Michael Emenalo.

The Napoli forward's representatives recently approached Chelsea officials about a potential summer switch, indicating Stamford Bridge would be Cavani's preferred destination should he move to England, says the Daily Mail.

But Chelsea waived the option given their commitment to the Falcao deal and their move for Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle, 22.