Liga champions now in the driving seat to sign Napoli attacker this summer.
Premier League champions Manchester City have been hit by the news that Spanish giants Real Madrid have begun talks with in-demand Napoli front man Edinson Cavani, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Mail.
City head coach Roberto Mancini has made bringing a new attacker to the Ethiad stadium at the end of the season his No 1 transfer priority of the summer, especially after the departure of forward Mario Balotelli to Serie A outfit AC Milan in the recent January transfer window.
The City boss and club representatives even went to meet the coveted centre forward’s agent in Italy earlier this month to begin talks over a possible move to Eastlands next season.
However, it is now understood that those plans have been put in jeopardy after Liga champions Madrid also made the in-form Uruguay international their first-choice transfer target of the summer.
Representatives from the Santiago Bernanbeu are understood to have recently met Cavani’s agent to discuss a possible end-of-season transfer to the Spanish capital, with Madrid believed to be willing to meet the player’s massive £52 million release clause in his contract.
And with his employers Napoli insisting that Cavani will be going nowhere this summer unless that figure is met by any prospective buyers, it looks like City’s interest in the striker may now be over.