Top-flight champions plan major summer overhaul.
Premier League champions Manchester City will step up their attempts to sign in-demand Napoli striker Edinson Cavani at the end of the season, says the Sunday Telegraph, however, the club have given up all hope of persuading Atletico de Madrid forward Radamel Falcao from moving to the Ethiad stadium this summer.
City head coach Roberto Mancini travelled to the Spanish capital earlier this year to meet with the Colombia international’s representatives in order to persuade the attacker to join the club, but the Italian now accepts that the player will sign for either Chelsea or Real Madrid come the end of this campaign.
As a result, City have now turned their attentions towards Napoli’s red-hot Uruguay international, who has a reported buyout clause worth £54 million and which the club are believed to be willing to activate to secure the player’s signature.
And, in order to fund what would be a British-record transfer fee, City are expected to offload the likes of England international centre-back Joleon Lescott, who could return to former club Everton in a swap deal involving Belgium midfield player Marouane Fellaini, as well as the likes of Javi Garcia, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri.