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Etihad Stadium club are losing the battle to sign Uruguayan striker.
Manchester City are losing the battle to sign £55million striker Edinson Cavani after Real Madrid entered the race for his signature, according to the Daily Mail.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has put Napoli striker Cavani at the top of his summer wanted list and is willing to pay the £55million release clause in the Uruguayan international’s contract to capture him.
Meeting that figure was set to put Manchester City in the driving seat to sign Cavani, but Real Madrid have stepped up their bid to sign the forward and are now expected to get their way with the pull of the Bernabeu greater than that of the Premier League.
City are looking to bring in new strikers in the summer following a season of struggles. Mario Balotelli left to join AC Milan in January and Edin Dzeko is set to return to the Bundesliga at the end of the season, meaning it will be a huge blow to miss out on Cavani who has also attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
Mancini will now turn his attention to alternative targets including Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Manchester City have already ended their pursuit of Neymar, who is expected to join Barcelona in 2014.