Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was in London this week on a film business trip, but has admitted to also starting talks with Manchester City over Napoli talisman and Uruguay international, Edinson Cavani. Cavani, 26, has been linked with a move to City going back to last summer before he ultimately signed a new deal with Napoli.
Napoli has also been linked with managers Roberto Martinez and Rafael Benitez after their current manager said he would not be renewing his contract with the club.
Manchester City have been joined by rivals Chelsea FC in the hunt for Cavani’s signature, but Napoli is reported to be interested in a swap plus cash deal involving City’s Edin Dzeko. Dzeko, 27, was signed by City for £27 million in 2011 from Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga.
Coming off a season where Dzeko scored 14 times in limited action in the Premier League, this move makes sense for both sides. Dzeko has been unhappy in his role as a “super-sub” this for City, and being involved in a swap with Cavani would basically guarantee him more first-team calls with Napoli.
Cavani has been one of the most coveted strikers in the world for a few seasons now, and his value continues to rise coming off a season where he scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches for Napoli. Cavani has a reported buyout clause of £50 million in his current deal with Napoli.
City has identified Cavani and Malaga’s Spanish midfielder, Isco, as the priorities in this transfer market. Both players are said to be keen on following Manuel Pelligrini, the favorite to take over vacant manager role, to Manchester City.