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Man City could have pick of Napoli and Bayern Munich hitmen

| 17.04.2013

After maintaining a long-standing interest in the player, Edinson Cavani’s admission that he is ready to leave Napoli this summer will be music to the ears of Roberto Mancini.

A key component in the Italian outfit’s charge to second place in Serie A, Cavani has notched an impressive 29 goals across all competitions this term, thus attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest sides.

Indeed, Champions League semi-finalists Real Madrid are also keen on a move for the Uruguayan striker, but could be put off by a price tag approaching £40m, with the strengthening of other positions a bigger priority for the Spanish giants.

Such a fee would be less problematic for City, who are widely expected to oversee a mass overturn of personnel this summer, with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko seemingly ready to move on.

But that said, it is not a given that Mancini will solely focus on a move for Cavani in the close-season, despite him monitoring the player’s situation for well over a year.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez’ availability has recently come to light, and that could force the City chief to reconsider concentrating his efforts only on attempting to clinch Cavani’s signature.

Despite only signing a new deal with the Bundesliga champions elect last year, German international Gomez is reportedly far from happy with his situation at Bayern, and will seek pastures new if not afforded more regular playing time shortly.

The 27-year-old has struck on more than 70 occasions in just over 100 appearances at Bayern, but has fallen down the pecking order in light of Mario Mandzukic’s impressive form.

With both Chelsea and City alerted by the potential availability of both Cavani and Gomez, it could be that each player ends up at a different English destination this summer.

City are believed to lead the chase for Cavani, and with a move for the Uruguayan still thought to be preferential for Mancini, Gomez could swap the Allianz Arena for Stamford Bridge this summer in a £25m switch.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee