Manchester City's €30m-plus-Dzeko bid for Cavani stalls

The Uruguayan’s representatives have agreed a €180,000-a-week deal in principle with the Premier League side, but Napoli are holding out for a fee close to his €63m release clause

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Manchester City’s bid to sign Edinson Cavani from Napoli has stalled after failing to agree a €59 million-player-plus-cash deal involving Edin Dzeko, Goal understands.

City, who are understood to have agreed a €180,000-a-week deal in principle with the Uruguayan, are willing to pay €30m cash plus offer €29m-rated striker Dzeko in part-exchange for the prolific 26-year-old.

However, while new Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is believed to have given his blessing to the pursuit of Dzeko, the Partenopei are keen to hold out for a fee close to Cavani’s €63m release clause.

And in an increasingly complicated deal, the Italian outfit – who have already committed considerable finances to hiring former Chelsea manager Benitez and his vast backroom team – are also reluctant to match Dzeko’s €129,000-a-week City wages.

The Bosnian striker, meanwhile, wants to leave City after falling behind Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez in the club’s pecking order, with Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Chelsea leading the chase for his signature.

City want to use the 27-year-old to help fund the purchase of long-term target Cavani, who is one of the most highly sought-after centre-forwards in the world following three prolific seasons at Napoli, which have yielded an astonishing 102 goals in 124 matches for the club in all competitions.

The Uruguayan has made little secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona, prompting fears among the City hierarchy that he could be using their interest to force the hands of the two Spanish big-hitters.

Cavani has been coy about whether he will be at Napoli next season. Speaking to Corriere del Mezzogiorno last weekend, he said: “Is Napoli my future? Napoli is my today. No one can predict the future. I can only say that today I am happy.

“As for Real Madrid… kids dream, it is normal. Everyone does it. I found Napoli and I am proud. Then again it’s nice to dream, even when you are grown up.”

Napoli want a bidding war for their prize asset as they hold out for a fee close to Cavani’s €63m release clause.

“Cavani has a contract for another four years and a buy-out clause worth €63m,” De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter in a question and answer session earlier this week.

“We have received many offers for Cavani, but all of them were much lower than the buy-out clause.”

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Suarez odds on to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid this summer

The Uruguayan star admitted he would find a move to the Bernabeu very hard to turn down, and he is now odds on to be plying his trade in the Spanish capital next season

Having confirmed his intention to leave Liverpool in order to escape the baying British press, it seems that Luis Suarez’s days in the Premier League are numbered.
The Uruguayan striker informed a press conference in his homeland that he felt ‘bullied’ by the media in England, and would jump at the chance of moving to Real Madrid, should any offer arrive.

After such a blatant ‘come-and-get-me’ plea, it is surely only a matter of time before the 26-year-old is plying his trade in the Spanish capital, in spite of Liverpool’s insistence that the player is not for sale.

certainly seem confident of Suarez moving to Santiago Bernabeu this summer, as they currently have him priced up at slender 4/9 (1.44) odds to be turning out for los Blancos by September 3.

The Reds’ statement that they expect the Fans’ Player of the Year to see out the remainder of the five-year contract he signed last summer seems like nothing more than a bargaining tool, and this is reflected in the hefty 9/4 (3.25) odds currently on offer for the former Ajax man remaining at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers may be hoping that Madrid’s long shopping list including Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani and Isco will see his star player slip down the pecking order, although there are plenty of other willing suitors.

After taking over a Bayern Munich team that has just completed an unprecedented German treble, Pep Guardiola may hope to make his mark on the team by signing a big-name striker, and the Liverpool man is available at 8/1 (9.00) to fill that profile.

Having sold Radamel Falcao for an estimated €59 million, Atletico Madrid could rival their city neighbours for Suarez, with odds of 12/1 (13.00) on offer for him moving to the Vicente Calderon.

That Falcao deal may serve to spring fellow Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain into action, and you can get odds of 12/1 (13.00) on him moving to Paris.

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Jovetic more than welcome at Juventus, says Buffon

The experienced goalkeeper feels the Montenegro star would help the Serie A champions close the gap to the likes of Bayern Munich

Gianluigi Buffon says he would welcome Stevan Jovetic with open arms if the striker were to leave Fiorentina for Juventus this summer.

The Montenegro international has long been linked with a move to the Serie A champions, although they face stiff competition from the likes of Arsenal, and Buffon believes Jovetic would be an excellent signing as the Bianconeri look to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich in Europe next season.

“Jovetic? Any player who will help Juventus improve is more than welcome, except a goalkeeper of course…,” Buffon told Tuttosport.

“We must follow the path we are on and try to improve on our performances from the past few seasons.

“It will not be easy to close the gap with the European top clubs, of which Bayern Munich has impressed me the most.

“But Italian football has plenty of young talents, both at Juventus and at other clubs. I believe in Juventus’ management and don’t fear the departure of any champions.”

The 23-year-old Jovetic has a contract with Fiorentina until June 2016, but could be available for a fee in the region of €25-30 million.

Jesus signs two-year Benfica extension

The experienced coach has reached an agreement with the Europa League finalists to stay at the helm until 2015

Benfica have announced that head coach Jorge Jesus has signed a new contract until the summer of 2015.

There were doubts as to whether the 58-year-old would stay on at the Lisbon giants following their disastrous end to the 2012-13 campaign which saw them miss out on the league title, Europa League and Portuguese cup in dramatic fashion.

Nevertheless, Jesus has now ended all speculation about his future by inking a two-year extension with Benfica, with the club confirming the news via their official website.

The experienced coach has been in charge of the Portuguese powerhouse since the summer of 2009 and has guided them to one league title and three Portuguese league cups in the past four years.

He previously coached the likes of Amora, Felgueiras, Uniao Madeira, Estrela Amadora, Vitoria Setubal, Vitoria Guimaraes, Moreirense, Uniao Leira, Belenenses and Braga prior to his appointment at Estadio da Luz.

Lewandowski confident of 'dream' move this summer

The prolific striker has stressed a desire to seek a new challenge and is hopeful the Champions League finalists will not stand in his way

Robert Lewandowski is confident that Borussia Dortmund will allow him to leave the club this summer amid strong interest from Bayern Munich.

The Champions League runners-up have so far been steadfast in resisting offers for the Poland star, but Lewandowski has little doubt that he will leave BVB ahead of the 2013-14 campaign as he looks to realise a “dream” move away from Signal Iduna Park.

“I expect that everything will be dealt with and that I can make the move to my dream club this summer. That will be in everybody’s best interest,” the striker told Sport Bild.

“Dortmund are a fantastic club that will always have a special place in my heart. However, I am looking for a new challenge for the future.”

Lewandowski has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2014 but is widely expected to depart the club this summer having refused to sign a new deal.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a number of big clubs over the past few months, with Bayern Munich leading the race for the striker’s signature ahead of Manchester United.