By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Earlier last month, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed that a €55 million bid had been made for the Uruguayan international. However, Napoli rebuffed the offer for their star player, who was already scored 23 goals in as many appearances for them this season.
Moreover, reports in the British media seem to indicate that free-spending Manchester City were the likely suitors back then. They also go on to say that City have not yet given up hope of adding another marquee signing to their roster of talented strikers.
The much-publicised spat between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli on Thursday during training might even have intensified their interest as it is believed that everyone at the club has grown tired of the young striker's erratic behaviour. Nevertheless, City executives have informed Roberto Mancini that he can only show Balotelli the exit door after securing a suitable replacement.
And Cavani himself has not helped the speculation by indicating that he is excited at the opportunity of proving himself in a league that already boasts world-class strikers such as Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie.
"I know that there has been interest from Premier League teams," he was quoted as saying by the Sunday Mirror.
"I know I would be a success in the Premier League - and it is an exciting prospect."
Agent Mino Raiola fanned the fires by claiming that despite the forward's loyalty to his current employers, a move to a top club could be difficult to resist.
"For now Cavani will stay but I wouldn't be so sure about that once June arrives," Raiola stated while also confirming that his client has a buyout clause of £51 million.
"I'm sure there are clubs ready to pay that. But only five clubs in the world can afford to do that - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain.
"You are intelligent enough on your own to understand where Cavani will play his football next season."
Cavani will likely feature for the Neapolitans in their crunch clash against Roma at the Stadio San Paolo later on Sunday.