Cavani deal edging closer?
- 26 May 2013 09:05
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
As City’s season finally ends with the team ending their successful American adventure on a high against Chelsea, so the build-up to the new campaign begins.
There are plenty of big name strikers being linked with a move to City in the Press and long-time alleged target Edinson Cavani seemingly heads the queue with a steady stream of stories suggesting a deal for the Uruguayan is gathering pace.
Jason Burt’s story in The Sunday Telegraph is typical of the speculation linking the Napoli man to the Blues. He writes: “During the club’s post-season tour to the United States, which ended on Saturday night, City chief executive Ferran Soriano stated he was close to closing deals for some of the prime transfer targets and Cavani is understood to be chief among those.
“There was further good news for the club with the announcement that Sergio Agüero had ended uncertainty over his future by signing a one-year contract extension which keeps him at City until 2017.
“There is, though, still some nervousness at City that other clubs, chiefly Real Madrid, might try to gazump the deal they have been discussing with Napoli’s flamboyant owner Aurelio de Laurentiis.
City have confirmed an interest in Cavani but insist he is only one of a number of strikers they are considering
Though City have been a striker down since the departure of Mario Balotelli, it the Press are convinced Edin Dzeko will still be heading out of the Etihad this summer, with Fiorentina a possible destination.
The People’s Tom Hopkinson believes the Serie A side will first try and sign Fernando Torres, with Dzeko a likely back-up should the Spaniard opt to remain at Chelsea.
He reports: “Providing Chelsea do not decide to sell him against his wishes, Fiorentina will be forced to turn to City’s Bosnian international forward Dzeko.
“Around £30million has been ¬earmarked for a bid for Torres if the ¬Italians are given any indication that a deal could be done, while £21m will be the limit if they go for Dzeko
“Stevan Jovetic is valued around the same figure as Dzeko, and the Florence club will reinvest the funds raised by his sale.”
We’ll leave the last word to The Sun’s Martin Blackburn who covered yet another attacking feast of football in New York last night as City beat Chelsea 5-3 to end the mini-US tour in entertaining style.
Writes Blackburn: “Manchester City pitched it just right again as their bid to win over the Big Apple continued at the home of the Yankees.
"In a week when they announced the formation of MLS club New York City FC, the Sky Blues could not quite make it ‘Six in the City’ against Chelsea.
“But they wowed a crowd of almost 40,000 by rattling in five goals with Samir Nasri scoring the pick of them with a classy double.”
Well, if we can make it New York, we can make it anywhere, right...?