City, Real To Battle for Cavani
Manchester City are willing to pay the £52million release clause in the contract of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and will offer him £250,000 a week to move to the Etihad this summer.
The 26-year-old Uruguay international has been linked with City for much of the second half of the season following the departure for AC Milan of Mario Balotelli, but Cavani is said to be more keen on a move to Real Madrid than to the Etihad. Real president Florentino Perez wants to meet his Napoli counterpart Aurelio di Laurentiis to talk about a deal but the Sunday Mirror claims that City believe they have the financial muscle to defeat Real in an auction. This was after di Laurentiis said he would only sell Cavani to the highest bidder.
Real may launch a bid for City striker Sergio Aguero should they miss out to the Blues for Cavani.
The Mirror claims that City may also bid £25million for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus; however, they will face stiff opposition from a Dortmund side determined not to see their team broken up this summer. The club have already seen Bayern Munich announce a deal for midfield playmaker Mario Gotze while striker Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Bayern or Manchester United. It is inconceivable that Dortmund will sanction the depature of Reus in addition to those two.
Meanwhile, City are being linked with a move for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers should Roberto Mancini get the sack this summer.
The Sunday People claims that Rodgers has “significant behind-the-scenes support” at the Etihad as City ponder a season which has seen them meekly surrender their Premier League title to rivals Manchester United.
The Sunday Mirror claims that Neymar has turned down the offer of a new contract with Brazilian side Santos, but while the paper has him down as a target of Manchester City he is extremely unlikely to move to the Etihad.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are hot favourites to sign the forward who looks set to move to Europe in the summer of 2014.