Napoli owner and movie producer Aurelio De Laurentiis admits that he is open to a swap deal including Edinson Cavani and Edin Dzeko.
But De Laurentiis denies that he is trying to lure Rafa Benitez back to the Serie A, to replace Walter Mazzarri as Napoli manager.
De Laurentiis has been in London, where the rumour arose that he was keen to sweet talk Benitez, after the Spaniard’s impressive spell in charge of Europa League champions Chelsea.
But he insists he was only there for dealings related to his cinema work, and not to woo Benitez.
He does however admit to looking towards the Etihad, where Bosnian striker Dzeko’s stint as a super sub may well be coming to an end.
Napoli have long thwarted the attentions of Uruguayan international hit-man Cavani’s many suitors.
But now it seems the Serie A club is finally willing to part with Cavani, with Dzeko and some of Manchester City’s cash thrown into the transfer equation.
"I did not go to London for Benitez, you would have me take 15 coaches: it's true, I heard about them all in the last six months," De Laurentiis told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Yesterday [Monday] I was in London with [administrator Andrea] Chiavelli and [sporting director Riccardo] Bigon and for a simple reason: I have to prepare for the release of the film on Steve Jobs.
"Though, I told Bigon: 'Go to City and have a moment to negotiate Dzeko and what they are willing to do for Cavani'.”