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Napoli president De Laurentiis dampens Cavani rumours

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis insists he won't sell Dries Mertens.

De Laurentiis delivered an update on several transfer stories on Sunday.

He said, “Federico Chiesa? I met with [Diego] Della Valle a month ago and he told me he's not for sale, but that if he ever was for sale I'd be the first to get the call.

“A Mertens-Florenzi swap? False. It's possible that Roma will do something crazy to get Mertens, but we won't swap him with Florenzi. I love Dries a lot, I'll keep him."

Despite repeated denials, it's reported that De Laurentiis called Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani's brother to discuss a return to Naples.

“False. I'd never deny The Matador a meeting, but if that meant negotiating him coming to Napoli it would be impossible.

“I've read that PSG value him at €58m, but I'd never allow them to recover almost the full amount they paid for him."

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