Man City joined by PSG in agreeing terms with 60m Cavani... but Real Madrid are set to pounce

By Sami Mokbel and John Edwards

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Manchester City are closing in on in-demand Napoli frontman Edinson Cavani after agreeing in principle terms with the player over a summer move.

However, David Beckham's Paris St Germain remain in the hunt after striking up a similar deal despite neither agreeing a fee with the Uruguayan's club.

To make matters worse for City, the player himself has set his sights on a dream move to Real Madrid.

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In demand: Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani has agreed deals in principle with Manchester City and PSG

In demand: Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani has agreed deals in principle with Manchester City and PSG

In demand: Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani is being tracked by Europe's top clubs, including City and PSG

GOAL MACHINE CAVANI

Edinson Cavani has scored 72 goals and delivered 12 assists in 100 appearances for Napoli in Serie A.

With fears mounting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be lured back to Juventus, as revealed in Sportsmail, PSG hope to hijack City’s pursuit of one of Europe’s most accomplished finishers.

Roberto Mancini is desperate to hit the ground running this summer after seeing his title chances damaged considerably last year when Robin van Persie chose Manchester United.

City, then, have agreed in principle to offer 256k per week, though there remains the barrier of his release clause, initially thought to be 53million. Recently, though, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insisted it would take an incredible 60million to trigger it.

Getting shirty: The fight for Cavani is likely to be a long and bitter one between Europe's leading clubs
Getting shirty: The fight for Cavani is likely to be a long and bitter one between Europe's leading clubs

Getting shirty: The fight for Cavani is likely to be a long and bitter one between Europe's leading clubs

Asked to clarify the exact amount needed to prise the 26-year-old away, the president said: ‘We included a very high buy-out clause in his contract, because we want him to stay.

'The clause does exist, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m for him we are ready to listen.'

Cavani is the top scorer in Serie A this season, with 23 goals, firing Napoli to a likely second-placed finish behind Juventus.

Friends forever: Could Ezequiel Lavezzi, who left Napoli for PSG, play a part in Cavani's future?

Friends forever: Could Ezequiel Lavezzi, who left Napoli for PSG, play a part in Cavani's future?

His blistering form has led PSG sporting director Leonardo to work overtime behind the scenes to convince him of the Parisien project, with reports in France claiming an offer of 7million per year, plus bonuses, is on the table.

Real Madrid have been favourites to sign Cavani, but due to Ibrahimovic openly courting a return to Juve, plus fears within PSG that they could also lose Ezequiel Lavezzi to AC Milan, competition is more fierce than ever.

   VIDEO   Napoli frontman Cavani doing what he does best...scoring goals


 

 

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Like it or not ffp is coming and your be back at the bottom lol

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Sources tell me that City will sell 15m-rated Silva and 25m-rated Aguero to help fund this deal aswell a 10m Hart being sold this summer and replaced by Begovic. 15m Kompany and 12m YToure are also on the way out as City needs funds to buy new players this year. City are expecting to get 77m for the 5 aswell as funds on selling 5m Nasri, 3m Lescott & 15m Kolarov as they look to get cash to break even by making 100m in selling these 8 players this summer. Fact!!!

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The day SKY took over all UK Sport was the day I finished following it.

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He looks like a red indian.

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20XCHAMP20NS , Cheshire, 24/4/2013 08:14 ---- CAPTAIN FAN PLASTIC if you are going to type chants at least get them right like TRUE utd fans would "PLASTIC" or fix the sound on you're t.v so you can hear what the REAL fans are chanting at the game

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Will be great to see him playing in the EPL but OMG the cost is madness. FFP - what a joke!

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Why are you always saying David Beckham's PSG? I'm a Beckham fan and have no issue seeing his name in print unlike many others. However there is not a single person living on this earth who doesn't know that he currently plays for PSG. Do you get paid by the word or something?

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The money that is flying around is getting crazy. If owners want to do it with their own money then that's fair enough, but I am concerned that when it goes through the club's books (whether it does or not), that this is money going out of the English game. It's not such an issue with the Premier League (as there is plenty of money sloshing around), but more an issue with the lower leagues and grassroots. Money doesn't really filter down as well as it could do. That might not be important to supporters of PL teams (one which I support), but without a good base, the whole of football suffers. This is most noticeable with the dire state of the national team. The other thing....lete's say he is on 200k a week - taking 19 home league games a season, his wages would equate to about 11.65 per ticket. I know it is a bit simplistic, but......!!

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The transfer fee and wages are madness, the sooner FFP comes in and stops these clubs from spending insane amounts of money the better

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Don't like it do ya. Booooo hoooo. Put ya dummy in. Champions. Champions

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