Roberto Mancini Admits To Attempts To Sign Edinson Cavani During Man City Reign

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Recently-sacked City boss admits Cavani interest.

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Roberto Mancini admits he was interested in signing Napoli striker Edinson Cavani during his time as manager of Manchester City, according to Sky Sports.

The Italian was sacked towards the end of the 2012/13 season after his side were beaten 1-0 in the FA Cup final by underdogs Wigan Athletic, and is now on the lookout for a new job.

The former Inter Milan boss was linked with a return to his old club in Serie A, though they hired Walter Mazzarri from Napoli instead, and his name has also been linked with the PSG post if Carlo Ancelotti joins Real Madrid.

However, the man himself says he is keen to manage a national team at next summer’s World Cup, hinting at a move away from club management.

“I want to go back on the bench, maybe even with a national team towards the 2014 World Cup,” he said.

“I have already had some contacts. The important thing is that it is something exciting.”

His old club City are still being linked with the signing of Cavani, and while Mancini admits he was a target of his during his reign at the Etihad Stadium, he does not know if his successor Manuel Pellegrini will look to sign him as well.

“I spoke often about him with the leaders because he could interest us a lot,” he added. “Now I do not know if the club is still interested in him.”

Both City and Chelsea have been in talks with the £53.5million transfer of Cavani, though the Uruguayan goal machine is now rumoured to be favouring a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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