Premier League Champions keen to bring prolific striker to the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City coach Angelo Gregucci has revealed the club are keen to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani in the summer.
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The Uruguayan has been in sensational form for the high-flying Serie A outfit this season, netting 18 goals in just 20 league appearances.
Arsenal were linked with a move for Cavani last month after boss Arsene Wenger publicly admitted his admiration for the 25-year-old.
City are also known to hold a long-standing interest in the former Palermo forward but Cavani has a sizeable release clause and is wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Gregucci conceded these factors would make it ‘difficult’ for the Premier League Champions next summer but stressed the club were keen to land the powerful frontman.
“City will definitely have competition for Cavani, who is dominating the Italian league with his goals and sacrifices for the team and whose contract has a £55m buy-out clause,” the Italian is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“Edinson is scoring a huge number of goals this season, and it will be difficult for City to take him. The 10 biggest clubs in Europe all have Cavani in their sights.”
City are in the market for a new striker after agreeing to sell Mario Balotelli to AC Milan last month.
Gregucci believes that deal will prove beneficial to all concerned, with City set to make a profit on the £19million they paid Inter Milan for the Italian in 2010.
He added: “Manchester will take more than it cost, and we and Milan will both benefit, as we all know Mario can be devastating.
“Mario will also benefit because, away from the clutches of the British media, he will be able to concentrate more on football objectives.
“Staying close to his family, at a club like Milan, which he loves, could be his salvation, but at City with (Carlos) Tevez, (Sergio) Aguero and (Edin) Dzeko you can make a big impact in training and still be on the bench.”
Meanwhile, Cavani has refused to be drawn on speculation about his future and says he knows nothing about supposed interest from Arsenal.
“I know nothing about Arsenal’s interest,” said Cavani in an interview on his personal website.
“I have only heard about it now.”
“My future? I have a contract for four years but in football you never know what to expect.”