Uruguayan forward wanted at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have targeted £45million man Edison Cavani as the man they want to replace Mario Balotelli, according to reports in the British media on Sunday.
Napoli forward Cavani, strike partner to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the Uruguay national team, is also keen on the move to the Etihad Stadium, telling The Sunday Mirror: “I know I would be a success in the Premier League – and it is an exciting prospect.”
Cavani has been a long-term target for Manchester City since shining at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the 25-year-old’s form in Serie A with Napoli, where he has found the net 88 times in 117 appearances in all competitions since joining from Palermo in 2010, has made him one of the hottest properties around.
With Balotelli’s future in Manchester looking close to an end following his training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, the Premier League champions have targeted Cavani, who netted a double against City in the Champions League last season, as the man they want to replace him.
The club’s leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero faces a spell on the sidelines with injury, and Cavani would provide Mancini with the improved goal threat he has been seeking as City attempt to overhaul Manchester United’s seven-point lead in the Premier League standings.
But any deal hinges on offloading Balotelli, who will not be heading to big-spending French League leaders Paris Saint-Germain leaving AC Milan as the only likely destination for the troubled Italian striker.
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