Roberto Mancini failed in a series of attempts to sign Edinson Cavani for Manchester City, a former member of his backroom staff has told Radio Kiss Kiss.
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Angelo Gregucci, who was Mancini’s defensive coach last season, said that the Uruguay striker was never tempted and did not want to move to England.
Mancini had made Cavani, who scored twice for Napoli against City in the Champions League in November 2011, his top target this summer.
But then the Italian was sacked and his replacement, Manuel Pellegrini, chose to bring in two other forwards, Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, instead.
And Gregucci, who was also dismissed in May, said that Mancini had made early efforts to bring Cavani, scorer of two goals in four appearances for PSG, to the Etihad Stadium.
"I can reveal that Roberto Mancini had asked several times to bring Cavani from Naples," Gregucci told Radio Kiss Kiss.
"But City's option never impressed Edinson. He immediately ruled out a transfer to England."
Instead of joining City, Cavani, who was also linked with Chelsea, joined Paris Saint-Germain in June for £55 million, becoming the sixth most expensive footballer ever.
The 26-year-old had scored 104 goals in his three seasons at Napoli.
Meanwhile, Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero has been quoted in The Sun as saying that City boss Pellegrini made an approach for his services in the summer.
He said: "I talked with Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga. I knew of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City. But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same 'keepers he had already."