Cav a go: Manchester City leading the chase for £52m Napoli striker Edinson Cavani
Blues will trigger buy-out clause and offer £250,000-a-week wages to move ahead of PSG and Real Madrid
Manchester City believe they are winning the battle to sign Edinson Cavani.
The Blues will trigger the £52million get-out clause in the Napoli striker’s contract to ensure they beat Real Madrid and Paris St.Germain to his signature this summer.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis has said that he will only sell his 23-goal striker to the highest bidder.
And City have moved into pole position after making it clear they will meet the Italian club’s asking price and offer the 26-year-old £250,000-a-week wages.
The potential British record transfer has been orchestrated by City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and sanctioned by chief executive Ferran Soriano. The Uruguay international is also at the top of manager Roberto Mancini’s wanted list.
City will embark on a summer of investment after failing to mount a defence of the Premier League title.
A move for Schalke’s Greece international defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos is well advanced, with the 21-year-old valued at £15m by his club despite his continuing recovery from a knee operation.
And City are planning another raid on the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus. The 23-year-old is contracted until 2017, but he is perfect for City’s plan to play 4-3-3 and the Blues will not baulk at his £25m price tag.
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