Manchester City unwilling to pay €63m for Chelsea target

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Manchester City aren't willing to meet Edinson Cavani's €63 million clause, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Both City and Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the Uruguayan forward, who is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup.

Chelsea are believed to have a string of bids turned down in recent weeks while Manchester City's interest is long-standing.

With Rela Madrid also interested speculation has been rife that he could be on the move soon, but De Laurentiis has revealed his star striker isn't close to leaving Naples.

"Manchester City do not have money to pay for Cavani because they say we won't pay that," De Laurentiis said on Friday.

"Abu Dhabi (City's owners) say they would never pay 63m euros (£54m) for Cavani."

Paris Saint-Germain have also been credited with interest in Cavani, along with Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala.

De Laurentiis, speaking at the unveiling of Rafa Benitez as Napoli's new manager, however remains optimistic that Cavani may stay put this summer.

"With Edinson nothing has changed," he continued. "Headlines I've read in the papers did not represent his words exactly.

"He could never deny the importance of a club like Real Madrid's, but don't forget that he made his name at Napoli.

"If a club like Anzhi (Makhachkala) enquire about him, maybe he says no, but other clubs like Bayern (Munich), Barcelona or Real Madrid could persuade him to leave.

"He knows that he has a contract and an obligation to us, and there is a buy-out clause.

"Cavani knows that at Napoli he is the most important player. I do not know whether, at Real Madrid or in other teams, he will be as important."

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