Manchester City Transfers: Why Roberto Mancini Needs to Sign Edinson Cavani

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

Manchester City have been linked with signing Napoli and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani to help manager Roberto Mancini sort out what is becoming an increasingly difficult scenario with his front men.

Cavani will cost the Etihad Stadium club in excess of £45 million, according to Mirror Football. But City are willing to pay out big to land a top name—and there can be no doubt that this would be a superb signing for them.

The current quartet of City strikers—Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero—scored 54 Premier League goals last season between them, but this term have managed a total of only 25, putting them on course to only hit 45 for the campaign.

Given the nature of last season's title victory on goal difference, it is no surprise to see Mancini trying to boost his striking options with a striker who has scored 36 league goals in 50 Serie A matches over the past 17 months.

On top of Cavani's own superb strike rate, Mancini is dealing with real issues with half of his strike force.

Mario Balotelli's well-publicised latest incident shows that he is continually on the verge of being thrown out of the club—or at the very least unavailable because of club suspension—while Sergio Aguero will also spend time on the sidelines now with an injury.

Allied to Aguero's own personal situation, the Express has indicated that Real Madrid are looking to bring him back to Spain.

Only last year Tevez missed several months of the season after walking out on the club.

Mancini might not have been handed the massive funds of previous years during the summer just past, but if the club are willing to splash out once more on a big name to aid the title charge, a striker is a great place to start.

Cavani has become one of the most dangerous forwards in world football and his signature would be a massive boost for a team who may potentially need to rebuild their attack over the coming transfer windows.

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