Transfer news

City scale down interest in Cavani

June 21, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Manchester City’s interest in Edinson Cavani has cooled, with Isco becoming their main transfer target, ESPN has learned.

Edinson Cavani
GettyImagesCavani would cost £54 million - perhaps more than City are willing to pay

The Spanish midfielder has to decide whether to join City or Real Madrid, both of whom have made offers to Malaga, and has said he could announce his choice by Sunday. Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has urged him to move to the Bernabeu.

Napoli want to be paid £54 million for striker Cavani, who scored 38 goals for them last season, but City consider that too expensive according to Partenopei owner Aurelio De Laurentiis.

"Manchester City don't have money to pay for Cavani because they say we won't pay that," De Laurentiis said during a press conference unveiling Rafa Benitez as the new Napoli boss. "Abu Dhabi (City's owners) say they would never pay €63 million for Cavani."

The 2012 Premier League champions have already brought in Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30 million and Spanish winger Jesus Navas from Malaga for £22 million.

And ESPN has been told that Isco, who played for new City manager Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, is now their top priority rather than Cavani, who is also interesting Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Were City to sign both - in addition to Navas and Fernandinho - it would take their summer spending to around £130 million and, although their transfer kitty was boosted by the January sale of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan, that would still represent a major outlay.

Pellegrini must also decide whether to offer new contracts to Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott, whose deals all expire next year.