In demand Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is set to snub overtures from Manchester City in favour of moving to Real Madrid this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Citizens were hoping to land the Uruguay international in a massive £55 million deal while owner Sheikh Mansour was willing to hand Cavani a bumper deal worth £275,000-a-week, making him one of Europe’s highest paid stars.
However, the 26-year old, who has also been tracked by Chelsea, has said his dream is to play in the all-white of Real Madrid, in a move that would see him link up with Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.
Cavani’s parents spoke out last week and revealed their son wanted to play in Spain.
Now the player himself has made it clear he wants to join the Madrid giants.
“I am very calm about my future. Madrid are a great club and every player dreams of playing there.
“I am a Napoli player for now, though and I’m focused on the Confederations Cup.”
Former City boss Roberto Mancini last year bemoaned missing out on top transfer targets as one of the reasons why his side failed to defend their Premier League crown and the inability to sign Cavani would heap more pressure on new boss Manuel Pellegrini to land Isco, another top target for the club.
The Malaga playmaker has been in splendid form of late and scored in Spain’s 4-2 win over Italy in the final of last night’s U21 European Championships.
Yet the deposed Premier League champions could be set for disappointment in their pursuits for the midfielder as well, with Champions League winners Bayern Munich identifying the starlet as a potential target.
Former Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes has urged the German club to hijack Isco’s move to the Etihad.
“Who should Bayern sign? There are some very interesting players out there – like Malaga star Isco. He’s a class act in midfield.”
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This article was first posted on June 19, 2013