Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Manchester City counterpart have confirmed interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who says he could leave Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has given his strongest hint yet that he could leave Stadio San Paolo this summer, and there will be plenty of interest in the Uruguayan when the transfer window opens.
Manchester City and Arsenal are expected to be amongst the Premier League teams fighting to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who is comfortably on course to claim the Capocannoniere, the award for the top goalscorer in Serie A each season.
Cavani has scored 22 goals in 28 Serie A appearances this season, and is five clear of closest rival Antonio Di Natale of Udinese, still incredibly going strong at 35 years of age.
Uruguay international is a mere 26 years-old in comparison, but has scored over twenty Serie A goals in each of the last three seasons for Napoli, and has proved he is a top level striker able to find the back of the net at will.
His eight games without a goal this season is the longest drought Cavani has suffered since his time at Palermo three years ago, when he was often deployed on the wing, and he has proven himself as one of the most dangerous players in the world.
Unsurprisingly that means he is likely to be the result of plenty of attention this summer – and not least because of his comments to Italian publication La Repubblica.
“I’m happy in Naples, but in football there are many factors to consider,” said Cavani, who signed a new deal at Stadio San Paolo last summer.
“I can only say that I will give my best to this shirt up last day to wear it.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has previously confirmed his interest in Cavani.
“Cavani is a player that I like,” said the Gunners boss in the January transfer window.
“Will he cost a lot of money? That’s for sure. Nobody would deny that. [But] our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player.”
Of course, Arsenal did not have a bid accepted in the notoriously overpriced January market, and if they go back in for Cavani they will have plenty of competition.
The Guardian named the Uruguay star as Manchester City’s first choice transfer target for the summer, with manager Roberto Mancini confirming his admiration in an interview.
“I like him, but all the world wants him,” said Mancini.
La Repubblica’s story above also names Real Madrid as a team monitoring Cavani’s situation carefully.