Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has made the claim, in an interview with Sky Sports News, that Manchester City tabled a £29 million bid for Edinson Cavani that was blown out of the water by Paris Saint-Germain.
The Serie A side sold Uruguay forward Cavani to French champions PSG in the summer for a fee in the region of £55 million.
There was widespread interest in the striker, with Chelsea one of the sides in the frame, and De Laurentiis has stated that City were in the hunt—but came up well short of the successful gambit from PSG.
Speaking on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning, De Laurentiis said:
Cavani, Manchester City visited me in Rome. But they just offered, I don't remember exactly, but around €35 million so I didn't accept.
There was a high level of interest.
City’s interest in Cavani was well documented, with the club having attempted to sign the striker during Roberto Mancini’s reign—per ESPNFC’s Richard Jolly, who translated quotes from Radio Kiss Kiss.
City spent a sizeable sum on transfers this summer. According to Transfermarkt, new manager Manuel Pellegrini shelled out a combined £102 million on Martin Demichelis, Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas.
City bid 29 million for cavani during the summer? Very under rated valuation if Gareth bale went for 90 odd. What's going on wae football?— Jason Parker (@JayParker117) October 1, 2013
City have made a mixed start to the Premier League campaign, losing two of their opening six games, while Cavani has scored four goals in as many games in Ligue 1—per ligue1.com.