Manchester City bid for Cavani, Napoli owner reveals

Cavani

The Citizens tabled a bid for the PSG forward, according to Aurelio De Laurentis

Manchester City were in the running to sign Edinson Cavani this summer but ultimately failed in their move for the Uruguayan after tabling a bid that did not match Napoli’s valuation of the player.

Cavani had been the subject of intense interest from a number of clubs around the world in previous months, including Chelsea, who were also believed to be in the running to land his services after reportedly agreeing terms with the player.

However what many fans may not have realised was the level of interest from City, who had already wrapped up deals for attackers like Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic during the off-season period.

According to comments from Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentis, the Citizens even went as far as meeting with the club and tabling a bid for the forward, before backing off from any deal.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of his club’s key Champions League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates, the film industry mogul dished the dirt on the move that never was.

“ManchesterCity visited me in Rome," he told the news provider.

"But they just offered, I don't remember exactly but around 35 million [euros] so I didn't accept - there was a high level of interest."

Whether the Blues would have been able to secure Cavani’s services had they met Napoli’s valuation remains to be seen but given that he moved to PSG – a club of similar stature in Europe – a move to the Premier League may have tempted him.

As it is City splashed over £100 million on new players over the summer months, and though they trounced local rivals Manchester United 4-1 earlier this term, Manuel Pellegrini’s team have yet to find a consistent rhythm so far this season.

Cavani meanwhile, endured a slow start to life at the Parc des Princes, but now looks to have turned a corner with three goals in PSG’s last four games.

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