Man City are planning summer moves for Edinson Cavani, Fernandinho and Isco in a £120million spree to improve the squad, according to Goal.
City officials are confident of pulling off the sensational triple swoop that will be backed up by three more shrewd squad additions in a bid to stun their rivals in the Premier League and aid incoming boss Manuel Pellegrini’s mission of winning the Champions League.
They are desperate to spend Sheikh Mansour’s money before Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations kick in, although many top clubs believe that it may take more years than Michel Platini bargained for before they are properly enforced.
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis admitted Cavani has already been the subject of talks with City but the Serie A side are insisting on a £54million price-tag.
Napoli want Edin Dzeko – who City value at £22m – in any deal for Cavani but the Bosnian would prefer to go back to the Bundesliga where Borussia Dortmund have shown a strong interest as they look to replace the possible Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.
Fernandinho refused to comment on Manchester City’s interest after the Shakhtar Donetsk star scored in Wednesday’s Ukrainian Cup final.
Shakhtar want double the £20m fee City had budgeted for the 28-year-old midfielder but the process of softening up his club began on Monday when the player expressed his desire to come to the Etihad Stadium on Twitter.
Isco could be the most straightforward addition with Malaga resigned to losing their 21-year-old playmaker this summer.
Real Madrid are also said to be interested but the player, who shares the same agent as Pellegrini, has been persuaded to shun the Spanish capital in favour of the bright lights of the Etihad.
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