Manchester City coach Angelo Gregucci has revealed that the Premier League champions are preparing to lure Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani from S.S.C. Napoli to the Etihad Stadium in the summer, Sky Sports understands.
Cavani, 25, has been linked with Manchester City on several occasions over the past few months.
The Uruguay international’s scintillating form and terrific goal-scoring record in Serie A this season is only pouring fuel on the speculation linking him with a move away from the Naples-based club.
In all competitions (Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup, Serie A, UFEA Europa League), the 25-year-old striker has scored 27 goals in 27 appearances for Napoli in 2012-13.
As expected, Cavani is the top goal-scorer in Serie A with 18 goals, and two assists, to his name in 20 appearances.
Milan sensation Stephan El Shaarawy is three goals off the Uruguayan’s pace at the moment, while Udinese veteran Antonio Di Natale is one back of the aforementioned El Shaarawy.
According to reports, Cavani — who has a £55 million release clause in his current contract – is also being monitored by European champions Chelsea and Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Chelsea, City and Real Madrid all have the finances to complete a move for the highly-rated Cavani, but the club from Manchester are still viewed as the favourites to land the Uruguayan in the summer.
“City will definitely have competition for Cavani, who is dominating the Italian league with his goals and sacrifices for the team and whose contract has a £55m buy-out clause,” Gregucci told a Naples-based radio station.
“Edinson is scoring a huge number of goals this season, and it will be difficult for City to take him. The 10 biggest clubs in Europe all have Cavani in their sights.”
Fischer set for new deal
Ajax Amsterdam starlet Viktor Fischer is on the verge of signing a new long-term deal with the club, with negotiations progressing ‘quite smoothly,’ according to Sky Sports.
Fischer, 18, was reportedly scouted by Chelsea, Inter Milan and Manchester United while on international duty with the Denmark Under-17 side at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
The 18-year-old striker is now a full Denmark international after receiving his senior debut on 14 November 2012 against Turkey.
In addition, Fischer has since broken into the first-team at Ajax Amsterdam, and has scored six goals in nine league matches for the Dutch giants this season.
“The negotiations are going quite smoothly and I do expect everything to be sorted out soon,” the 18-year-old told Sporten.dk.
“I don’t know when it will happen, but I’m sure it will be over very soon.”