City set to lose out on Cavani?
- 13 June 2013 08:52
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Edinson Cavani is once more hogging the City headlines as the transfer rumours continue at full pace.
The latest chapter in this tale suggests City will have to go up against European giants Real Madrid to secure the Uruguayan striker’s signature – that’s according to the Guardian.
The Napoli star is currently away with his national team preparing for the Confederations Cup – and scoring a cracker against Venezuela which you can watch here – but that hasn’t put the brakes on the speculation.
Dominic Fifield writes: “Real Madrid will compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for the Napoli forward Edinson Cavani after the Spanish club held preliminary talks with the Uruguayan's representatives with a view to securing his services before the new season.
“Reports in Spain suggest Real had been due to speak with Cavani's agent late last month only for the discussions to be postponed while José Mourinho negotiated his departure from the Bernabéu and the club president, Florentino Pérez, concentrated on his re-election. With that now resolved, the meeting was rescheduled and held this week in Madrid.”
The north London outfit are said to be looking for an experienced replacement for Scott Parker and Barry fits the bill, although Stoke and Sunderland could provide competition for his signature.
The paper’s Tony Banks explains: “In the final year of his deal, Barry has yet to be offered a new contract, and former City boss Mark Hughes, now at Stoke, has been linked with a move.
“Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is also keen on a deal if Barry, who joined City from Aston Villa for £12m in 2009, is made available.”
Finally, there is hope for those keen to see Stephan El Shaarawy in sky blue next season.
The player himself issued a swift denial to this week’s speculation of a move, but AC Milan have admitted that they could be tempted to part with the 20-year-old star if a bid is made.
Talksport.co.uk reports: “Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has suggested the Serie A club may cash in on the young striker if the right offer comes along.
“He said: ‘El Shaarawy? We never said he is not for sale.’”
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