Roberto Mancini’s assistant Angelo Gregucci has confirmed Manchester City “want Edinson Cavani” and believes Mario Balotelli “is among the world’s top 10 strikers.”
Gregucci was brought in this summer as a specialist defensive coach and spoke to Radio CRC today.
“I don’t know if the club will lay siege to Napoli for Cavani, but every club with a player of the highest level will know they’ll be courted by bigger clubs,” said Gregucci.
“Mancini decides the transfer targets along with the new directors. If you ask the clubs who can afford Cavani, for example Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, then I think they’d want Cavani just as Manchester City want him.
“However, what the player wants is the predominant factor in negotiations and it seems to me that Cavani is happy at Napoli.
“If he should want to undertake a new adventure, then he will tell the club and I expect they’d let him go. Cavani is among the world’s top five strikers and is doing great things. Napoli invested heavily in him, but the player’s intentions are decisive.”
Gregucci also commented on Balotelli after last week’s training ground bust-up with Mancini.
“Mario has huge potential and is a treasure for our football. As for the recent events, I’d prefer not to talk about them so as not to make too much of it.
“Seeing him train, though, I think Mario should be included in the world’s top 10 strikers.”
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