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Cavani, Robben on the shopping list?

  • 25 June 2012 08:02
  • Posted by David Clayton

Not many stories floating around this morning, but there are a couple worthy of note.

One, in the Daily Mail, suggests City are stepping up their interest in Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

Though Roberto Mancini has played down talk of the player, Cavani has been linked with a move to the Blues for several months so the story is likely to rumble on.

Ashley Gray writes: “Roberto Mancini has refused to rule out a move for Robin van Persie, but admitted that luring Edinson Cavani from Napoli looked like mission impossible.

“The Manchester City boss has long admired Cavani and has been linked with a renewed bid for the 25-year-old in the last few days.

“However, with Ezequiel Lavezzi set to leave Napoli for a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Serie A club are determined to hold on to their other star striker.

“'Cavani is a Napoli player - it's impossible to take him,' Mancini told Italian Sky Sport 24.

“However, the Premier League-winning coach was more coy when asked about Van Persie, who has a year left to run on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

“'Van Persie is an Arsenal player, I won't say anything,' he explained.”

Elsewhere, TalkSPORT have picked upon a story emanating from German paper Bild linking Edin Dzeko with a move to Bayern Munich – and Arjen Robben with a move to City as part of the deal.

The Dzeko story is an old transfer rumour, but the Robben twist is new, though it’s hard to imagine where the Dutchman might fit into City’s-already stellar midfield.

Claim TalkSPORT: “Bayern Munich will offer Arjen Robben to Manchester City in their attempt to sign Edin Dzeko, according to reports in Germany.

“The Bavarian side, who failed to win silverware last season, are desperate to wrestle back the Bundesliga crown from Borussia Dortmund next term, and have reportedly set their sights on securing Dzeko's services.

“Manchester City are rumoured to have slapped a £32m price-tag on Dzeko, despite the Bosnian's inconsistent displays at the Etihad Stadium.

“And according to German newspaper Bild, Bayern are considering offering Robben as a makeweight in their bid to sign the Bosnian forward, despite the fact the Dutch winger penned a two-year contract extension at the club in May.”

Hmm… sounds unlikely!

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