According to Blues manager Roberto Mancini's agent, Manchester City have been in talks with Napoli for the past few months with a view to signing Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentina international has also been interesting Liverpool.
Mancini's agent, Giorgio De Giorgis, spoke about City's pursuit of Lavezzi and even claimed England midfielder Gareth Barry could be a makeweight in the transfer.
He told Radio CRC: "Manchester City's interest in Lavezzi could be a reality.
"But 31million euros for Lavezzi, I think it's excessive.
"However, to find a player who is ready like Pocho is, it's not easy.
"The only one could be (Gareth) Barry, who is an England international and does not have a high salary."
Lavezzi is under contract with Napoli until June 2015 and has a release clause of £26.8m.