Could Dzeko scupper a Manchester City swap deal for Cavani?

Napoli are seemingly open to discussing a deal involving Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and their striker Edinson Cavani, but will the Bosnian refuse a move to Italy in favour of the Bundesliga?

It is worth noting that, despite his perceived struggle in English football, Edin Dzeko has still managed to top Manchester City’s goal scoring charts in the Premier League this year, with 14 goals in 32 appearances (only 16 of which were starts), and the Bosnian is not a million miles away from averaging a goal every two games in the league throughout his career in Manchester.

This is relevant because when the idea of a deal involving Dzeko being part-exchanged for Edinson Cavani is mooted, it seems surprising given the Napoli man is acknowledged as one the of the best striker in Europe. However Dzeko is only 27, and a proven goal-scorer that was himself considered one of the best on the continent when he came to Manchester City.

So Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, might see a move for Bosnian player plus a hefty chunk of cash has the best possible outcome from selling Cavani this summer, and given Manchester City’s lack of faith in Dzeko, they would probably be happy with such a deal as well.

However Dzeko himself might not be content to move to Napoli, given his reported desire to return to the Bundelsiga and with Borussia Dortmund rumoured to be keen to give him that route back to Germany.

Dzeko scored 85 goals in 142 appearances for Wolfsburg in three and a half years, firing them to the title in one year and finishing second and first in the Bundlesliga top scorer charts in consecutive seasons.

With that in mind, it is easy to see why he might hanker after a return to Germany, and if Dortmund are interested in bringing him back , perhaps as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, then he would be joining one of the most exciting clubs in Europe, who might yet finish the season as Champions League winners.

Manchester City might become desperate to push Dzeko to Napoli if they can broker a deal for Cavani, but it would not be surprising if the Bosnian turned any move down to try and engineer a move back to Germany.

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