City edge Chelsea in race for Napoli star

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Manchester City have made the first move in a bid to land in-demand Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.


Cavani’s future with Napoli hangs in the balance as Walter Mazarri’s side face up to the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League following a disastrous 2-0 defeat against Bologna last weekend.


The Uruguayan striker previously hinted his future may lie elsewhere, especially if Champions League football isn’t on offer with Napoli, with both Chelsea and Manchester City in the hunt for his signature.


Chelsea may have their work cut out if they wish to land Cavani however after La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Manchester City had already made contact with Napoli over a potential transfer.


The paper reports that the Citizens are willing to make an offer of a lump sum plays a squad member surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium, although the Serie A outfit are reportedly keen on a cash-only deal.


City manager Roberto Mancini has previously admitted he is an admirer of Cavani, while Chelsea have also been heavily linked with the 25-year-old.


Chelsea’s interest is not said to depend on who takes the vacant managerial role at Stamford Bridge, although the arrival of a new striker at the club would seemingly spell the end of Didier Drogba’s time in west London.


Cavani’s future may hinge on whether fellow Napoli stars such as Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lazezzi, who have also been linked with City and Chelsea, decide to stay at the Stadio San Paolo next season.


Hamsik appears set on staying in Italy after revealing he would turn down any approaches from Europe’s leading clubs earlier this week, while Lavezzi’s future remains less certain amidst interest from Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

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