Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed he sent sporting director Riccardo Bigon to talk with Manchester City about a possible swap deal involving Edin Dzeko and Edinson Cavani, reports Sky Sports.
The Serie 'A' club have been heavily linked with a summer move for the Bosnian international striker as he continues to play second fiddle to the likes of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium.
And, with Manchester City's known interest in Napoli's Uruguayan forward Cavani, De Laurentiis has decided to get the ball rolling before the transfer window reopens on July 1.
"I told Bigon: 'Go to City and have a moment to negotiate Dzeko and what they are willing to do for Cavani'," he confirmed in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
As speculation continues to swirl about who will replace Walter Mazzarri at Stadio San Paulo this summer - with the current Napoli boss set to take over at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala - De Laurentiis preferred to focus on possible playing recruits that could join the Italian club.
"Everyone is talking about who will be the new coach? But I do not do things in a hurry," he continued. "I'm trying to understand who are the people who will accompany me in the next part of the journey."
Manchester City are believed to have been monitoring Cavani for quite some time, under the recommendation of former manager Roberto Mancini who was sacked last week.
However, the Premier League club might be prepared to do a deal involving Dzeko in order to bring the South American star to England ahead of 2013/14.