Chelsea hopes of signing Napoli striker Edinson Cavani have been boosted after the Uruguayan forward seemingly dismissed interest in moving to La Liga amid interest from Real Madrid.
The manager-less Spanish league runners-up are newcomers to the race to sign Cavani, who appears open to leave Serie A, having reportedly held talks with the 26 year old's representatives concerning a move to the Bernabeu.
However, Cavani himself, who has wasted little time in declaring his interesting in joining Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, is far from convinced La Liga would represent the best career move.
"I don't know if Spanish football suits me," Cavani said.
"Football there is wonderful as everyone knows, you have more freedom, but I don't know what will happen."
Having scored in excess of 30 club goals in the last three seasons, Cavani has earned a reputation as one of the most potent strikers in world football. Last season, the Uruguay international's 29 league goals helped inspire his side to a second place finish in Serie A.
This summer looks likely to draw the curtain down on Cavani's career in Naples, with the forward interested in a move to Europa League winners Chelsea, who have welcomed back Mourinho for a second spell as manager.
The Portuguese boss is still to confirm whether he will delve significantly into the transfer window this summer, but despite the return of Romelu Lukaku, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, the signing of Cavani would solve Chelsea's problems in attack, a position in which both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggled in dispatches last season.
"The Special One? It would be a pleasure to be managed by someone like him," Cavani said, when questioned about a move to Stamford Bridge.
"Chelsea? I don't know if they've made an offer for me but I know that working for a coach like Pellegrini or Mourinho would be a great pleasure.
"It would certainly be a great honour to join one of the illustrious teams that are looking at me because I dreamed about doing that as a child."