Aurelio De Laurentiis, the owner of Serie A side Napoli, has said that Manchester City failed with a £29m bid to sign striker Edinson Cavani during the summer, Sky
The offer was a long way short of Napoli’s valuation, as it took £53m from Paris Saint-Germain to force them to sell the Uruguayan, who scored 38 goals in 43 games last season. In an interview with Sky Sports News on Tuesday, De Laurentiis said: “Cavani, Manchester City visited me in Rome.
“But they just offered, I don’t remember exactly but around 35 million [euros] so I didn’t accept – there was a high level of interest.”
Gonzalo Higuain was soon brought in as Cavani’s replacement by new boss Rafael Benitez, and De Laurentiis also discussed the signing of the former Real Madrid player, adding: “It was very fast as we were negotiating with a Brazilian guy, now all the soccer players have to belong to me and their image rights, for me it doesn’t work without it – and this Brazilian guy had a lot of trouble.
“Then I said to my guy why don’t we go to Real Madrid and in 10 minutes it was done. Then with Higuain his agent said fine and the day after in Venice, closed in a room for eight hours we did a deal.”
Arsenal were also interested in signing the Argentine, and they are Napoli’s opponents on Tuesday evening as they meet on Match Day 2 of the Champions League group stage.
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