Manchester United are willing to edge out rivals Manchester City by offering ‘top dollar’ for Napoli star Edinson Cavani, according to Italian news source Direttanews.
Cavani was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, and despite the Uruguay international signing a five year contract with on-loan club Napoli, City were still reportedly prepared to make an offer to snare the striker.
Manchester City scouts attended a match during the season where Cavani scored a hattrick in a 4-3 win over Lazio, and the scouts were said to be very impressed with what they saw.
City coach Attilio Lombardo recently said that the Eastlands club were pursuing Cavani, with Arsenal and Tottenham also connected to the star.
"I hope there can be some negotiations between Napoli and Manchester City, especially as I'd see one of their three forwards would really suit City," Lombardo told reporters.
"The trio of Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi would bring success to any club.”
But after word got around that Cavani could be a star in England, Manchester United have reportedly decided they want to make a bid for the star.
While City have a much higher budget than Manchester United, United have decided that money is no object as they chase Cavani.
The head-to-head battle for Cavani will bring up a long standing rivalry between United and City for signings, with the two clubs also currently competing for Alexis Sanchez, Javier Pastore, and Wesley Sneijder.