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‘Worth every penny’: Manchester City coach urges club to snap up £55million Napoli hotshot Edinson Cavani

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City coach Angelo Gregucci admits capturing long-term target Edinson Cavani will be difficult – but claims the free-scoring Uruguayan would be worth every penny.

Napoli’s talisman striker has netted 18 times in just 19 league games for the Partenopei this season, attracting interest from a host of top clubs.

The Italians will not sell for less than his £55million release clause, but Gregucci – brought in by Roberto Mancini as a specialist defensive coach – believes Cavani is worth the investment.

“I am sure that it will not be easy for us at City to take Cavani,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“He is well worth his high price-tag and I’m sure that he would score goals at the top ten clubs in the world.

“His buyout clause is pretty high and Napoli did a good job to include that in his deal.

“I feel that it would be money well spent, though. He is worth every cent.”

City’s demand for a striking addition comes after Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan at the end of last month in a £19million deal.

The bad-boy Italian international scored twice on his debut on Sunday and his agent Mino Raiola told City they would regret letting him go.

However, Gregucci is convinced the deal was in the best interests of all parties involved and wished Balotelli all the best in Milan.

“I think that everybody won in this transfer,” he said.

“Manchester City receive more money than they paid for him, Milan gain something because Mario can be devastating, and Balotelli can get back to his best without the pressure from the media.”

Picture courtesy of jikatu, with thanks.

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