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Chelsea linked to Torres, Cavani swap

EDISONCAVANIROME, Italy, May 31 – Reports in Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday claimed that Chelsea have offered Serie A side Napoli 30 million euros ($39m, £25.7m) plus Fernando Torres in a bid to secure the services of Edinson Cavani.

Napoli are reported to have offered the Uruguayan an improved salary worth 7 million euros per year in a bid to keep him at the club.

Cavani was the top scorer in Serie A in the season just finished, scoring 29 goals.

The 26-year-old is also believed to be a target for Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, with the latter having offered money plus Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko in an attempt to secure his signature, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Cavani is currently on international duty as Uruguay prepare to face Venezuela in a 2014 World Cup qualifier next month.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo was on Thursday handed a nine-month suspension after being found guilty of pushing a referee.

The ban, handed down by the disciplinary commission of the French Football League (LFP), applies to all official duties as well as stopping him from being present on the touchline during PSG games.

The Brazilian was found guilty of deliberately pushing referee Alexandre Castro in the tunnel following PSG’s 1-1 Ligue 1 draw against Valenciennes on May 5, with the incident being caught on camera by Canal Plus television.

Having regularly been outspoken in his criticism of match officials throughout the course of the season, Leonardo was furious at Castro’s decision to send-off PSG captain Thiago Silva in the first half of the game.

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Silva was shown a straight red card for lifting his hands to the referee as he protested a decision.

PSG were also handed a three-point deduction, although that part of the punishment is suspended.

The suspension could have serious consequences for the future of Leonardo at PSG.

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