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City cool interest in Cavani

ESPN staff
June 21, 2013
Edinson Cavani has also been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid © PA Photos

Manchester City's interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has cooled as Isco has become their main transfer target, ESPN has learned.

The Spanish midfielder has to decide whether to join City or Real Madrid, both of whom have made offers to Malaga, and has said he could announce his choice by Sunday. Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has urged him to move to the Bernabeu.

Napoli want to be paid £53 million for striker Cavani, who scored 38 goals for them last season, and City could consider that too expensive.

The 2012 Premier League champions have already brought in Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30m and Spanish winger Jesus Navas from Malaga for £22m.

And ESPN has been told that Isco, who played for new City manager Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, is now their top priority rather than Cavani, who is also interesting Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Were City to sign both - in addition to Navas and Fernandinho - it would take their summer spending to around £130m and, although their transfer kitty was boosted by the January sale of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan, that would still represent a major outlay.

Pellegrini must also decide whether to offer new contracts to Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott, whose deals all expire next year.

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