City can have Cavani for 60m… but would they be 'nutty' enough to pay it
15:42 GMT, 18 March 2013
16:06 GMT, 18 March 2013
Napoli have told Manchester City they can have Edinson Cavani for 60m.
And the club president has bizarrely claimed that City would be ‘nutters’ to pay it.
City made a bold 40m move for the Uruguay striker in January but were quickly told the fee would not be enough.
Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani… but they'll have to stump up 60m
They have maintained dialogue with Napoli with the asking price – and the player’s buy-out clause – understood to be around 53m.
However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he wants that figure AFTER TAX which puts another 8m on his desired price.
De Laurentiis said: ‘We included a very high buy-out clause in his contract because we want him to stay at Napoli. The clause exists, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m [60m] for him, which would mean a net fee of €63m [53m] for Napoli, we are ready to listen to the offer.
At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend
‘However, let it be clear that the final decision lies with Edinson.
‘He knows that he’s respected here and that the people love him. Not just for his goals, but also because he’s a serious and polite person.’
Real Madrid and Chelsea have also shown interest in 26-year-old Cavani as have Paris St Germain who have increasing doubts over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.