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Manchester City pull out of race for Chelsea target

cavani.jpgThe Sun have more than a cracker for us here in the Football Transfer Tavern as they claim that Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign Napoli’s in-demand Edinson Cavani this summer.

The forward is currently on the market for around £54 million and City were thought to be one of the front runners for the player – especially given their obvious need for a forward.

Now it seems that Jose Mourinho’s past and present sides Real Madrid and Chelsea are set to fight it out for the forward after it was claimed that City will not pay the £54 million buy out clause Napoli are demanding is met before the player is allowed to begin talks with another club.

Napoli have claimed that City cannot afford to buy the player, noting: “City said they can only afford Cavani if they sell first.”

This of course raised the possibility of a swap deal involving Edin Dzeko and some cash coming from the blue half of Manchester, and of course the Napoli president had something to say about this too.

Aurelio De Laurentiis added: “I could accept a part-exchange deal if the players proposed are attached with a figure that represents the actual value of the player.

“Edin Dzeko for example, is no longer what he once was, he was not a starter last season.”

Is Cavani headed for the Bernabeu or Stamford Bridge, or elsewhere? Let us know your thoughts below.

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