Napoli offer Cavani to City in exchange for Dzeko but deny interest in Benitez

By Chris Wheeler


Napoli have challenged Manchester City to back up their interest in Edinson Cavani by offering Edin Dzeko in a 60million player-push-cash deal for the prolific Uruguayan.

The Italian club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has been outspoken about City in the past, flew into London on Monday and instructed his sporting director Riccardo Bigon to open negotiations with the Premier League club.

City are ready to agree a 50m deal – 30m-rated Dzeko plus 20m in cash – but Napoli want nearer 60m and De Laurentiis says it is time to put up or shut up.

Swap deal: Edinson Cavani (right) could be heading to Manchester City in exchange for Edin Dzeko

Swap deal: Edinson Cavani (right) could be heading to Manchester City in exchange for Edin Dzeko

Bit part: Dzeko struggled to hold down a place in City's first team last season

Bit part: Dzeko struggled to hold down a place in City's first team last season

He said: ‘I told Bigon to get in touch with Manchester City to open talks about Dzeko and see what their plans are with Cavani.

‘There's a lot of talk, but less action when it comes to actually spending money. Unlike me, others seem to be taking a lot of time to use their bank account.’

Cavani, 26, has been a long-term target for City and underlined his reputation as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe by scoring 29 goals in 34 league games for Napoli – more than twice as many as Dzeko’s 14 in his 32 Premier League games.

The Bosnia striker moved to City from Wolfsburg for 27million in January 2011 but has struggled to hold down a first-team place and is one of several players expected to leave this summer.

Rafa Benitez
Walter Mazzarri

Denied: Napoli had been linked with a move for Rafa Benitez who was in the frame to replace Walter Mazzarri

Meanwhile, film producer De Laurentiis insisted that he is in England to talk about his upcoming movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but said the trip had nothing to do with plans to appoint Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez as Napoli’s new coach.

It is understood that Benitez is on the list of candidates to replace Walter Mazzarri but the 53-year-old Spaniard is currently in American on Chelsea’s end-off-season tour.

Paris Saint-Germain remain Benitez’s preference and they have made contact with him as they look to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

‘I did not go to London for Benitez, but for my film commitments,’ said De Laurentiis.

‘I have heard a lot of names in the past six months as I knew Mazzarri would leave.

‘Everyone is talking about who will be the new coach. But I do not do things in a hurry. I'm trying to understand who are the people who will accompany me in the next part of the journey.’


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City need to move quickly this close season and sign Cavani or Falco or both - not improving the TEAM last season cost us the league

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@Dave - It's blatantly obvious that Dzeko wants playing time so he's not happy to just sit on the bench at City and pick up his wage. Also what do you mean a club like Napoli? Massive fan base, big stadium, nice climate, good wages and playing for an ever improving Champions League team. Why wouldn't he want to play for them? Remember, the team you're looking down on has out performed City in the CL these last couple of years, including dumping them out of the tournament in 2011.

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I don't understand, what will be Dzeko interest to move in club like Napoli? He have more than 2 years contract with City, nice wages, so why should he go in club like Napoli?

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Napoli will do well to not take the mick because City can just activate Falcao's release clause and , according to reports, Falcao would favour linking up with Pellegrini than going to Chelsea or Monaco. After recent reports that City are set to do just that it's a positive sign that De Laurentiis made these comments. As for Dzeko, goals per minute this season has been decent but so has Le Fondre. The truth is that, whilst Dzeko is obviously better than Le Fondre, he lacks the technical skill and pace to play alongside players like Silva, Yaya, Nasri, Tevez. He just doesn't fit at City whose play consists of over 90% short passes. Dzeko loses the ball too much and hurts City's attacking momentum. He'll do well at a team more suited to his style. Cavani is a better fit, he's more mobile and, via his strength and sheer determination, won't lose the ball as much.

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De Laurentiis is an absolute monster to negotiate with so he'll want Dzeko plus 35 to 40 million. He knows he got the worlds most wanted forward (along with Falcao of course) who is yet to enter his prime and he's notorious for driving an extremely hard bargain. Whoever buys him will need to pay his "value" or over the odds.

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Cavani publicly moaned about the British lifestyle /weather when he played in the olympics last summer. You cant deny his talent ,but he is a major risk of being another Robinho. A player who signs purely for the money and then quickly gets demoralised .

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City will be foolish to no accept this( if it is true).

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When a player like Cavani is happily offered, buyer beware. £12m more than Real Madrid for Zidane, and only £10m less than Ronaldo. That's all I am saying.

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---30m-rated Dzeko--- 30 million? Really?

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Why on earth would Napoli offer Cavani fr Dzeko

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