Man City transfers: Napoli chief wants Balotelli to partner Cavani

Man City transfers: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to partner Edinson Cavani with the Citizens' Mario Balotelli

The Sport Review staff
By    
edinson cavani
Laurentiis wants to partner Cavani with City's Balotelli Photo: The Sport Review

edinson cavani

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has declared his interest in signing Manchester City’s flamboyant striker Mario Balotelli.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move to sign Edinson Cavani, who scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over Roma on Sunday, with the Citizens reportedly keen to see Balotelli return to Serie A.

The Italy international was the centre of yet another controversy after pictures emerged of Roberto Mancini clashing with the former Internazionale forward on the City training ground.

De Laurentiis is keen to keep Cavani at the Naples outfit beyond the January transfer window, and the Napoli president admitted he would like to sign Balotelli as a striker partner for the Uruguayan.

“City are considering letting Balotelli go so they can move for Cavani? I would prefer to see Balotelli playing with Cavani here at Napoli,” De Laurentiis told Gazzetta.it.

“Teams tend to hold onto their best players in January. You take a big risk making big investments now.”

After the training ground clash between Balotelli and Mancini last week, the City manager reiterated his desire to keep his compatriot at the Eastlands outfit.

“I will give him another 100 chances if I think it’s possible he can change. I give him another chance, sure, because he is 22 and he can make a mistake,” said Mancini.

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: 20 Chelsea targets Conte could sign to replace Terry

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Watch: Man United’s David De Gea embarrassed by Chelsea star’s wonder-goal
The Sport Review
Miami WTA Preview: Kerber and Pliskova head field, but Vesnina and Kuznetsova on a roll
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho breaks his silence amid Man United transfer talk
The Sport Review
Mesut Ozil makes announcement about his future at Arsenal
The Sport Review
Transfer round-up: Man United agree deal with first summer signing in principle, Arsenal want top goalkeeper