Man City wanted Cavani, reveals Mancini

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that the club monitored the form of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani in depth during his time at the former Premier League champions, according to ESPN.

City have been mentioned this summer as a potential destination for Cavani, who could leave Napoli, with both Chelsea and Real Madrid also in the frame. And Mancini confirmed the Uruguay international was the subject of much interest when he was in charge at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini said: “When I was at City I often spoke about Cavani with the management because he was somebody who could have been targeted,” but the Italian could not say for sure if the new manager, Manuel Pellegrini, would be interested in signing the prolific former Palermo front man.

If Cavani was to move to City, however, it could spell the end for Edin Dzeko, who has been linked with a move away from Eastlands. Mancini feels however that the Bosnia international would be a good fit for Italy’s Serie A. “Dzeko is a great striker and he could score 20 to 30 goals a season in Italy, I’m sure of that, Mancini said.

Mancini was sacked by City after losing the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic, who were later relegated from the Premier League. The axe fell on the former Inter boss a year to the day after he took City to their first title triumph in more than 40 years.

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