Man City to pip rivals in chase for Napoli’s Cavani

According to The Mirror, Man City are upping their efforts to land Napoli striker Edinson Cavani – and are preparing to both meet the £52m buyout clause in his contract and offer him wages in the region of £250k per week.

The news comes as City aim to gain the upper hand in the transfer chase, with mega-rich PSG and Real Madrid also looking to bring in the talented 26-year-old.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis has already indicated that he will only sell his prized asset to the highest bidders, and at this stage City appear to be the frontrunners.

The move would see City break the British transfer record for the man who has netted 23 goals in Italy this season, and is definitely high on the agenda at the deposed champions.

Sporting director Txiki Begiristain has organized the move, with chief executive Ferran Soriano and manager Roberto Mancini all in agreement that the player’s capture is of the utmost importance if City are to lodge a sustained bid to regain the Premier League crown next season.

The Mirror also cites Schalke’s Greece international ­defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos’s prospective move to the blue half of Manchester as “well advanced”, and a deal could be reached in the region of £15m.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 23, is also being chased, but he has a contract at the Bundesliga outfit until 2017. This could potentially push his price tag as high as £25m, but with City’s financial power it is unlikely that they would see this as a huge obstacle if they wish to cement their interest in him with an official bid.

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