Edinson Cavani urged to join Chelsea or Manchester City

Boost for Chelsea and Man City as Uruguay boss urges Cavani to join Premier League

Chelsea and Manchester City target Edinson Cavani has been encouraged to move to England by his national team boss.

Sportsmail revealed in January that Chelsea had sent scouts to watch the Napoli striker at least five times in the first half of last season, while City boss Roberto Mancini has long admired the free-scoring 25-year-old.

Cavani has scored 56 goals in 80 games since joining Napoli from Palermo two seasons ago, but his Uruguay boss Oscar Washington Tabarez has advised his hot shot to move to a better league.

International star: Edinson Cavani trains ahead of Uruguay against Romania

International star: Edinson Cavani trains ahead of Uruguay against Romania

'I think he will surely leave Napoli,' said Tabarez. 'I don't know when, but he must go to England or Spain.'

Napoli paid 14million for Cavani, but now value him at 35m. Barcelona and Real Madrid would be able to afford such a fee, but neither see him as a priority this summer.

The 6ft 2in forward looks built for the Barclays Premier League and has another chance to impress in Uruguay's friendly at Romania on Wednesday night.

Andre Villas-Boas, who is also interested in Porto striker Hulk, wants to reinvigorate the Chelsea attack if he keeps his job at Stamford Bridge.

Familiar face: Cavani celebrates a Champions League goal against Chelsea

Familiar face: Cavani celebrates a Champions League goal against Chelsea

Italian newspaper reports claim Cavani will be City's No 1 target this summer.

With Carlos Tevez expected to leave, Tuttosport claims Mancini will be prepared to offer more than 40m to see off rivals.

Cavani played twice against City in the Champions League group stage and also impressed in the last-16 first leg against Chelsea.

He has four goals and two assists to show from the three matches.