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Smile United, City Were Rejected Too

Those Manchester United fans who have been in hiding since transfer deadline day can come out now.

It’s true that the headlines did not make for pleasant reading for the Red Devils faithful.

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But at least supporters of the English champions can take heart from the fact that their noisy neighbours sometimes get rejected too.

It has been revealed that before he was sacked, former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, had made signing Edinson Cavani his top priority.

Cavani had been on fire for Napoli for the past two seasons, and having jettisoned Mario Balotelli and given up on keeping Carlos Tevez, City set their sights on the strapping Uruguayan international.

But according to Angelo Gregucci- Mancini’s defensive coach last season until he was also sacked by City- Cavani rejected the chance to move to the Etihad.

"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."

As it happened, Cavani penned a lucrative deal with French champions PSG.

Read: Cavani Joins PSG

And the football world is now intrigued to see how his partnership with brooding behemoth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will take shape in the Ligue 1 and Champions League this season.

Meanwhile, City also failed to lure Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero to England.

Joe Hart has been less than convincing this season, and perhaps new manager Manuel Pellegrini saw it coming, because Cabellero says his old boss tried to sign him.

"I talked with Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga,” Caballero revealed, according to Soccernet.

“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."

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