Chelsea make contact with Cavani as Falcao backup

Chelsea have been in contact with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

The Mirror says Chelsea have sounded out Cavani - in case they miss out on No.1 target Radamel Falcao.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been in London to discuss Cavani - and is also looking at Chelsea legends Roberto Di Matteo and Gianfranco Zola in terms of potential returns to their homeland to manage the Serie A side next season.

The Blues believed a £50million deal for Atletico Madrid superstar Falcao was close a fortnight ago, but mega-rich Monaco have now made a move and are ready to pay the Colombian a staggering £8m-a-year after tax.

Uruguayan striker Cavani is a man in demand this season, as Manchester City are also very keen - manager-in-waiting Manuel Pellegrini fancies him and Malaga forward Isco.

But Chelsea are desperate for a superstar striker to boost their firepower next season.

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