Manchester City latest: Including Cavani and Melo

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Long-time Manchester City target Edinson Cavani has spoken of his desire to play in Spain, potentially scuppering any proposed move to the Blues.

It was widely believed that City were in pole position to secure the Napoli forward, sending Edin Dzeko to Italy as part of the deal. But the player, who is also interesting Chelsea, has spoken of his wish to play in La Liga.

As a child I dreamed of playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid,” he said. “But now I am proud to be at Napoli, this is important.

On my future I cannot say anything, because I still do not know anything.”

But as we all know, in football as in life, dreams and reality are very different things. And where the 26-year-old will be playing next season is still no closer to being revealed.

Although reports in the last few hours suggest new Napoli boss Rafael Benitez will hold talks with Cavani, in an attempt to convince him to remain at the club for one more season.

Another player linked with the Etihad is Galatasaray’s defensive midfielder Felipe Melo.

Although officially a Juventus player, Melo has spent the last two seasons on loan in Turkey. But with a permanent move seemingly no closer, the player is reportedly considering his options.

The 30-year-old’s agent said, “City are interested in Melo, the club have made no secret of this and I am free to inform you about this latest development.”

Whether City need a player like Melo is up for discussion. But with the likes of Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure and Jack Rodwell already at the club, the report seems unlikely to be anything more than an agent drumming up interest in his client or forcing Galatasaray’s hand.

One current City player whose future remains unclear is Carlos Tevez. The Argentinean front-man is approaching the last year of his contract and the club are yet to offer him a new deal.

To some it is a surprise that the 29-year-old has lasted this long in Manchester. But should his time finally be coming to an end, both PSG and Monaco have been talked of as potential destinations.

And finally, reports suggest club employees will no longer be given two free season tickets for future campaigns.

One anonymous member of the Etihad workforce has revealed that a letter was sent to all affected employees, informing them that from next season they would have to buy tickets for 50 per cent of the face value rather than receiving them as a reward for their service.

The employee is quoted as saying, “The amount of money they will save from it would not be enough to pay Yaya Toure’s wages for two days.”

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