Manchester City are looking to make a move for Napoli goal-machine Edinson Cavani in the summer transfer window and would be selling some of their players to balance the books.
According to reports, City manager Roberto Mancini is determined to bolster the squad and will look to sell at least four players and in place bring in a quality star to give his squad a fresh new look.
The Uruguay international has been in tremendous form this season with 18 goals already to his name and is the leading scorer in Serie A. Napoli are only five points behind league leaders and defending champions Juventus and Cavani is spearheading their Champions League qualification hopes almost single handedly.
City were eager to buy Cavani in the January transfer window but the £52 million buy-out clause inserted in the 25-year-old’s contract proved to be a major obstacle.
Cavani has stated his intentions of playing in England in future and both the player and his club are aware of City’s deep interest and are expecting formal bids for him.
The reigning Premier League champions, who are under the scanner of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play guidance are likely to face tough competitions from Ligue 1 club PSG and La Liga giants Real Madrid, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also spoken about his admiration for the player.
City possess an overwhelming array of attacking options in the trio of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko but Mancini wants to add another potent striker in the summer. They have already sold Mario Balotelli to AC Milan in the January transfer window while Bosnia international Dzeko could also make way if any interested clubs meet City’s asking price of £25 million.
The club is also looking to add quality in the defensive midfield and centre back positions and has targeted Celtic’s £10 million rated Victor Wanyama.