Uruguayan set to stay in Italy, while Bayern turn attention elsewhere.
Manchester City have been dealt a double blow in the transfer market after Napoli insisted that Edison Cavani is not for sale and Bayern Munich cooled their interest in misfiring striker Edin Dzeko.
The Champions had hoped to offload £27 million forward Dzeko – with Bayern reportedly keen on a deal – and replace him with profilic Uruguayan Cavani.
But according to Sky Sports, the Bundesliga club have been put off by Dzeko’s price tag and will turn their attentions to Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, who impressed at Euro 2012, while Napoli have insisted that Cavani is not for sale.
The twinned bad news will put a big dent in City boss Roberto Mancini’s summer transfer plans. The Italian has identified City’s front line as in most need of reinforcement after some wasteful finishing almost cost the club their first title since 1968.
City are aware of UEFA’s impending financial fairplay regulations plus the 23-man limit on Premier League squads, so need to offload Dzeko – and Emmanuel Adebayor – before they can move for Cavani.
Champions League runners-up Bayern are reportedly so impressed with Wolfsburg forward Mandzukic that they have shelved efforts to land Dzeko and are now in pole position to snare the 26-year-old Croatia, who bagged three goals for his country in Poland and Ukraine.
Elsewhere, Napoli have said that Cavani, who has 49 league goals in 68 appearances for the club, is happy and going nowhere.