City Ed toward Cavani capture

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Edinson Cavani scored from the penalty spot in Napoli's rout of PescaraGettyImagesEdinson Cavani: Bound for the Premier League?

The battle to lure Edinson Cavani to the Premier League rumbles on, with the Daily Mirror reporting Manchester City now lead the race to land the sought-after Napoli striker.

It is claimed City are prepared to trigger a £52 million release clause in Cavani's current contract, ensuring they beat Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea to his signature. Should they pull off the deal, it would be the most expensive in British football. City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano have paved the way for the deal to go ahead, allowing Roberto Mancini to secure his top transfer priority.

After failing to match Manchester United in their title defence, City are set to splurge in the summer, with Cavani, Schalke ­defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus in their sights.

The Sunday People reports Iker Casillas has emerged as Arsene Wenger's preferred goalkeeper for next season. The Real Madrid shot-stopper has endured a frustrating campaign, after being dropped to the bench by manager Jose Mourinho.

Casillas has not played for his club since January, and Wenger is prepared to throw the 31-year-old Spain international a lifeline in order to revive his World Cup hopes.

Madrid, meanwhile, will wait until the future of Mourinho - heavily linked with a summer switch to Chelsea - is decided before making a determination on Casillas' fate.

Tottenham are also making headlines on Sunday, with the Sunday People stating Everton and England defender Leighton Banes is on their hit-list, particularly if they manage to qualify for next season's Champions League. While the Daily Mail reports Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is another target for Andre Villas-Boas.

Soldado has netted 22 goals this term, and has a £20 million price tag on his head.

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