Spain’s not for me: Manchester City transfer target Edinson Cavani shies away from La Liga move

By John McDougall

Uruguayan hotshot Edinson Cavani has distanced himself from suggestions he will be playing in La Liga next season, giving Manchester City added impetus to secure his signature.

The 26-year-old Napoli striker is currently away with his country on Confederations Cup duty after helping his side finish runners-up to Juventus in last season’s Serie A.

Despite being linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, Cavani feels the Iberian Peninsula will not bring the best out of him, paving the way for a potential Etihad Stadium move.

“I don’t know if Spanish football suits me,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Football there is wonderful as everyone knows, you have more freedom, but I don’t know what will happen.

“La Liga is wonderful, there is more space for the attackers, but then again I cannot say where I will play next season.”

The Uruguayan – who scored 38 goals in 43 games last season – is also the target of fellow Premier League club Chelsea and French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

To get him to part from the Stadio San Paolo, managerless City may have to break their own transfer record and meet Cavani’s £53million release clause in his contract.

With Roque Santa Cruz released and doubts surrounding the futures of both Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, former Premier League champions City are in the market for a new striker.

Malaga’s Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be installed in the City hotseat, replacing Roberto Mancini who was sacked following the Citizens trophyless campaign last season. 

Image courtesy of Sky Calcio via YouTube, with thanks.

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