City and Chelsea target drops exit hint

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Napoli’s Edinson Cavani has hinted that he may be prepared to leave Napoli at the end of the season, with both Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly interested in securing his services.

The Uruguayan striker has forged a reputation as one of the most feared strikers in Europe in recent seasons, and demonstrated his ability to both Chelsea and Manchester City by scoring against both clubs in the Champions League this season.

While Napoli have garnered favourable praise for their maiden Champions League campaign this season, Walter Mazzarri’s side have recorded three successive defeats in Serie A which have severely dented their chances of qualifying for the competition this season.

Cavani scored the opener as Napoli ended their recent bad spell with a 2-0 win over Novara this weekend, but refused to commit his future to the Naples club after the game.

When asked whether he would remain with Napoli should they fail in their bid for Champions League qualification, he told Sky Italia: “I don’t know - the club will deal with this sort of thing. I am focused only on playing my football and winning every game.

“The club will think about the rest and they know what to do. For as long as I am at Napoli, I will continue to give my all for this team.”

Manchester City in particular are said to be keen on landing the 25-year-old with a large overhaul of their attacking options on the horizon over the summer, and Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has already admitted he is an admirer of Cavani’s ability.

Chelsea, who let forward Nicolas Anelka go in January, could let Didier Drogba go in the summer and with Fernando Torres still struggling to find the net on a regular basis, may be back in the market for a striker.

Cavani’s future and a potential switch to either Chelsea or Manchester City will likely hinge on whether Napoli can secure qualification for the Champions League, with three points separating the 5th placed club from Lazio who occupy 3rd spot in Serie A.

Napoli's attempts to hold on to Cavani were seemingly buoyed this week after Marek Hamsik, another target for Manchester City and Chelsea, reportedly signed a long-term deal with the club.

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