Manchester City have today been dealt a blow in the transfer market after Bayern Munich cooled their interest in misfiring striker Edin Džeko.
The Premier League Champions had hoped to offload £27 million forward Džeko – with Bayern reportedly keen on a deal – and replace him with profilic Uruguayan Edinson Cavani of Napoli.
But according to Sky Sports, the Bundesliga club have been put off by Džeko’s high price and will instead turn their attentions to Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, who impressed at Euro 2012, while Napoli have insisted that Cavani is not for sale.
The bad news will put a big dent in City’s summer transfer plans. Roberto Mancini has identified City’s front line as being the weakest point in his team after some wasteful finishing towards the end of the season almost cost the club their first title since 1968.
Champions League runners-up Bayern are reportedly so impressed with Wolfsburg forward Mandzukic that they have scrapped efforts to land Džeko and are now favourites to snare the 26-year-old Croatian, who managed to score three goals for his country in Poland and Ukraine earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Napoli have said that Cavani, who has 49 league goals in 68 appearances for the club, is happy and going nowhere.