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Napoli play down Rafa move

NAPOLI president Aurelio De Laurentiis has played down suggestions he wants Rafael Benitez to be the club's new head coach and claimed the delegation that visited England yesterday was hoping to secure an exchange deal with Manchester City for Edinson Cavani.

Reports had claimed Benitez would be offered a two-year contract by Napoli, but instead, according to De Laurentiis, the president sent sporting director Riccardo Bigon to negotiate with City over a swap deal with Edin Dzeko.

De Laurentiis said: "I did not go to London for Benitez. However, I told Bigon, 'Go to City and take the chance to negotiate over Dzeko and see what they are willing to do for Cavani'.

"Who will be the new coach? I don't do things in a hurry. I'm trying to understand who will be the people to accompany me in the next journey."