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Uruguayan will not be coming to Premier League this month.
Arsenal and Manchester City have received a knockback in their attempts to sign Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani from Napoli after being told he is not for sale – although he does have a £52.8million release clause in his contract.
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Premier League champions Manchester City were reported to be leading the chase for the 25-year-old striker and had been expected to bid around £40million to bring him to the Etihad Stadium this month in place of troubled striker Mario Balotelli.
And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger declared an interest in signing Cavani, who has scored 91 times in 118 appearances for Napoli since joining the club from fellow Serie A side Palermo in 2010, although admitted the asking price might prove a stumbling block.
Napoli have revealed they received an offer for Cavani, who is Luis Suarez’s strike partner in the Uruguay national team, totalling £46million from an unnamed club before the start of the season, but are not willing to do business at any price for their prized asset.
“For Cavani I have already received a €55million (£46.1m) bid, and I said no,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I need him, not the money. I trust in his professionalism. He knows that here he is ‘the number one’, while I believe that in other places or in teams he could not identify with the city, the jersey and the fans like here.”