Manchester City will look to swap Edin Dzeko for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani in the summer, according to reports.
The Daily Express cite reports on Italian website Forza Italian football when claiming that a part-exchange offer won’t be cheap for the Citizens, with Cavani’s contract containing a sizable minimum fee release clause.
Cavani has been amongst Roberto Mancini’s top targets for some time, according to the paper, and the Manchester City target is one of the most coveted strikers in world football.
The 26-year-old has scored 31 goals in all competitions for the Serie ‘A’ outfit this season, and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has hinted that the player could leave the Stadio San Paolo in the summer.
Dzeko, meanwhile, has been struggling for first team opportunities at the Etihad Stadium this season, and the paper reports that Borussia Dortmund are keen on the Bosnian – although a £25million asking price could be a stumbling block.
A transfer decision might be taken out of their hands if these reports are true however, and Manchester City have shown in the past that they are willing to do big business in the market with the help of their Abu Dhabi owners.
Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva all joined the Premier League champions for mega money, and Mancini would certainly have to spend again, as well as handover Dzeko, to bring Cavani to Eastlands.