Prolific Uruguay forward has since joined PSG for £57m.
Big-spending Premier League outfit Manchester City attempted to sign highly-rated Uruguay front man Edinson Cavani on several occasions during the recent past, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The prolific striker did finally decide to leave Serie A side Napoli this summer, with the 26-year-old opting to move to mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in July for a whopping £57m, in the process becoming the fifth most expensive player in the history of football.
However, former City assistant coach Angelo Gregucci has now revealed that ex-manager Roberto Mancini did try to lure Cavani to Eastlands on a number of times during the Italian’s time in the north-west, only for the player to reject the Premier League club’s advances on each occasion.
“I will reveal that Mancini had asked to bring Cavani from Napoli over to Manchester City several times,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“However, we were never able to reach a solution that satisfied Edinson, and he immediately ruled out a transfer to England.”
Cavani left Naples for the Parc de Princes having scored an eye-catching 104 goals in total in just 138 matches for the Southern Italian club, including 78 strikes in only 104 Serie A contests.
And since the Uruguay attacker made his switch to the French capital, Cavani has been in equally red-hot form in front of goal for Laurent Blanc’s side, having already found the back of the net in two of his four league encounters for the Parisians.