Man City to launch record-breaking bid for Cavani

Manchester City will offer a British-record sum to Napoli to sign striker Edinson Cavani this summer, the Daily Mail has reported.

Cavani has a release clause in his contract with the Serie A club that stands at £52m, more than the current record transfer fee paid by a British club which stands at £50m, the amount Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011. City do however face competition for Cavani from both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

But the Premier League champions have been stung into action by the way in which the title has slipped from their grasp this season. City are currently second, 12 points behind Manchester United, having lost to Southampton last weekend.

Manager Roberto Mancini wanted to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal last summer, the Mail adds, but missed out on the Dutchman as he instead joined United, a deal that Mancini has rued ever since.

City are unwilling to let the same thing happen again this summer and will spend heavily to regain the title, with Cavani the first stage of a spree that will see more than £60m spent in total on two players – Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama the potential other signing so far.

To help finance their summer transfer activity, City will sanction the sale of four players, including Edin Dzeko, who would be allowed to leave for £25m, the newspaper claims.

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