Manchester City have made first contact with Napoli over a deal for Edinson Cavani, according to reports in Italy.
Speculation has been rife all season about ‘s interest in the striker but, with just one game remaining in the Premier League, the Italian boss is reported to have finally firmed up his interest.
Fifth-placed Napoli need a miracle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
They are three points behind third-placed Udinese and fourth-placed Lazio are one point ahead but the Naples side has the best goal difference of trio.
Cavani is unlikely to hang around without the chance to play in Europe’s top club competition and City will be able to offer that, with the almost inevitable added lure of being Premier League champions.
La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper reports that City are willing to offer a lump sum and one of their surplus players as a makeweight, but Napoli are only interested in £40m cash deal for their prized asset.