Manchester City is considering going after Italy’s leading scorer, Edinson Cavani, during the January transfer window, a coach with the club confirmed to the media this week.
Cavani, a 25-year-old striker, has scored 16 goals in 16 games for Napoli, including three last Sunday in a victory over Roma that put the Azzuri into a Champions League position at third place in Serie A. That production certainly has caught the eyes of City manager Roberto Mancini; one of the club’s coaches, Angelo Gregucci, confirmed the club’s interest.
With vast financial resources available, City likely would be one of few clubs that could consider Cavani, who reportedly has a £50 million (about $80 million) buy-out clause in his contract.
If Napoli were interested in selling Cavani, City could face competition from Real Madrid, who also could afford the price and whose manager, Jose Mourinho, wants to get him. Mourinho would have the backing of Cavani’s father, who has stated that Real Madrid was Cavani’s boyhood club.
As for Cavani, he was being a bit coy about the future.
“I am content at this club. I feel very good here and want to go through the good and bad moments,” Cavani told the Italian television network Mediaset this week. “All I want to say is that the club knows how I feel and what I want.”
If City were to grab Cavani, Edin Dzeko, who has spent plenty of time on the bench of late, could become expendable. Inter Milan reportedly are considering making a £25 million (about $40 million) offer for Dzeko.