Cavani and Dzeko set to swap sides?
- 08 May 2013 09:11
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Edinson Cavani could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium with Edin Dzeko moving the other way – according to reports today.
Stories linking the Napoli striker with a move to City will not go away, and now the Daily Express have identified Dzeko as being part of any deal, despite the Bosnian striker being linked with a move back to the Bundesliga in recent weeks.
“With the Citizens unwilling to pay upwards of around £50m reportedly necessary to activate the Uruguayan's release clause, Dzeko is set to be offered as a makeweight in the package,” explains James Dickenson.
“Mancini has sanctioned Dzeko's departure in order to bring in Cavani, with the deal rumoured to involve €40m (£33.8m) cash as well as the Bosnian hitman.”
Elsewhere, the same paper reports that AC Milan are ready to make a move for Kolo Toure.
The 32–year-old defender is out of contract in the summer, with reports now suggesting that he could link up with former teammates Mario Balotelli and Nigel de Jong.
Charles Perrin writes in the Daily Express: “The Ivory Coast international, who has been limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions for the Citizens this season, sparked interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray in January, but a deal failed to materialise.
“And now it seems AC Milan have become the latest club to declare their interest in him.
“Reports in Italy indicate Milan are considering offering him a contract that wouldn't require an additional transfer fee.”
Both Dzeko and Kolo played 90 minutes last night as the Blues despatched West Bromwich Albion by the margin of a single goal – scored by the Bosnian.
But last night’s captain, Micah Richards, was satisfied that Roberto Mancini’s men achieved the three points that ensure Champions League football next season without a qualifying round and leave the Blues in pole position to clinch second.
Goal.com reports: "I wouldn’t say it was a great performance but we got the job done in the end," Richards told ESPN. "West Brom came here and played some good football.
"We knew they would come here with nothing to worry about and no fear and they showed some good stuff tonight.
"We always want to play Champions League football and with Chelsea breathing down our necks – it was a must win game today."