Cavani agent plays down speculation over City move

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani will not be making a late transfer window switch to Manchester City and is content to stay with the Italian side until at least the summer, talkSPORT reports. Cavani’s agent Claudio Anelucci has spoken with Italian radio over the move and insists that nothing is likely to happen in January.

The 24 year old is one of the hottest properties in European football and has scored 37 goals in 52 Serie A appearances for Napoli. Cavani is valued at a minimum of £50m by Napoli chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis and they are desperate to keep hold of the Uruguayan. City saw Cavani first hand in the Champions League earlier this season, where he scored in both games in the group stages. Napoli are bracing themselves for last-gasp interest, but it is unlikely they will sell to a club in January.

Anelucci said: ‘I do not like talking about the transfer market at the moment. What really matters is speaking well of the good season he is having for Napoli. If there is a last-minute offer in January then it will have to correspond to Napoli’s valuation – not ours’.

With the current problem with Carlos Tevez at the Etihad Stadium and Mario Balotelli’s latest indiscrepancy, City only have two recognised strikers in Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. Roberto Mancini will look to strengthen in the summer and has identified the forward position as something that needs reinforcement. City are also interested in buying Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who could be available for £20m in the summer.

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