Napoli Chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has suggested the club could be convinced to let their star striker join Manchester City, on the condition they swap him for Edin Dzeko.
“I told Bigon: ‘Go to City and have a moment to negotiate Dzeko and what they are willing to do for Cavani’,” De Laurentiis revealed.
Riccardo Bigon is Napoli’s sporting director and whilst no deal has been officially agreed it is, according to De Laurentiis at least, a suggestion that has been mooted and, potentially could be a likely outcome.
Would City want to let Dzeko go, though? His debut season in the Premier League was a little underwhelming and he only played a bit-part in the shadow of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli at the Etihad.
However, this season, the Bosnian striker impressed, initially as a ‘super-sub’ and eventually as the first-choice frontman, leading Roberto Mancini’s line admirably. Dzeko scored 14 goals in the league and notched up 6 assists in his 32 appearances of which 25 were starts.
However, that tally pales into insignificance next to Edinson Cavani’s for Napoli this term – the Uruguayan hitman managed an incredible 38 goals in 43 appearances for the Serie A runners-up in all competitions.
He’s a year younger than Dzeko but is valued at double the price of the Bosnian. City paid £27 million to Wolfsburg just two years ago for Dzeko who would now likely fetch around £20 million.
Cavani, meanwhile is valued by Napoli at £52 million, which is their asking price to all his numerous suitors this summer. If City want him, they can have him but they might want to use Dzeko as a makeweight in the deal.
Losing your star striker is not an ideal situation for any club but, if they’re resigned to that eventuality, they could pick decide to negotiate with City ahead of their rivals for Cavani on the basis that Dzeko would be an excellent choice as a replacement.
Perhaps Dzeko could shave twenty-odd million off the asking price and City could have the top scorer in Italy, one of the most wanted players in the world, for £30 million. Deal or no deal?
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