Manchester City Transfer Rumours: Calling True or False on 5 Big Names

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMarch 15, 2013

Manchester City Transfer Rumours: Calling True or False on 5 Big Names

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    Manchester City gets linked to a number of big names thanks to their finances, but they can't have them all.

    Roberto Mancini missed out on his preferred targets last summer, but the Italian will certainly go full throttle this summer, provided he remains at City.

    The consequence of being linked with big names is that they attract lots of attention from other clubs.

    City will inevitably face competition to sign a few of their rumoured summer targets.

    Here's how City will fare when it comes to signing five of the big names they've been linked with.


    *Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet

Edinson Cavani

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    According to the Express, Manchester City could face competition from Juventus to sign Edinson Cavani.

    The Italian club is only one of a few clubs linked with the Uruguayan star.

    Real Madrid and Chelsea have also been introduced as possible destinations by the Daily Mail and the Express, respectively.

    Cavani has scored 26 goals and added three assists in 33 games this season for Napoli.


    Prediction: False

    With his team likely to re-enter the Champions League next season, it will be difficult for any team to sign him.

    Napoli feel confident the forward will continue at the club, as his buyout clause will scare off potential bids (via SkySports).

Gonzalo Higuain

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    If City is looking for a clinical striker who would be willing to leave his club, then Gonzalo Higuain fits the bill.

    The Argentinian striker is a possible target for the Manchester club according to the Daily Mail.

    Higauin has, for the most part, shared his playing time equally with Karim Benzema since the two have been at the club.

    The Argentinian hasn't been at his best this season with only 10 goals and four assists in 29 games for the Spanish side.

    He's been talked about as a possible makeweight in a deal to land Tottenham star Gareth Bale (via the Metro).


    Prediction: True

    Edin Dzeko may leave along with Carlos Tevez in the summer, and that would leave City short in the striker department.

    Despite his injury worries, Higuain is still a quality finisher, and Madrid may be willing to let him go for a decent price.

    He would have fellow Argentina compatriots Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero in the side.

Robert Lewandowski

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     According to the the Daily Mail, Robert Lewandowski has been linked with a move to Manchester City.

    The Borussia Dortmund forward is seemingly set to leave the club in the summer, but City may not like the destination (via

    The Telegraph reports that the Polish forward favours a move to Manchester United, with Bayern Munich the other possible front-runners for his signature.

    Lewandowski has 23 goals and nine assists in 34 games for Dortmund this season.


    Prediction: False

    Lewandowski has preferred targets should he move from Dortmund.

    The Citizens may still be in with a chance to sign him but Bayern Munich, Manchester United and a possible stay with Dortmund are all options to consider before City.

Stevan Jovetic

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    With City having first option on a bid for on Stevan Jovetic, it seems the Montenegrin star will end up in the Premier League (via

    Jovetic currently has 12 goals and four assists in 25 games for Fiorentina this season.

    Entry into the Champions League might tempt him to stay, but a good bid from City may prompt a move.


    Prediction: True

    As revealed by talkSPORT, Fiorentina do not feel the need to sell their star man. If they do, however, it will be abroad.

    That bodes well for Manchester City.

    Another creative forward is not necessarily what Manchester City need, but a talent like Jovetic is hard to pass up.

Daniele De Rossi

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    Daniele De Rossi was one of Roberto Mancini's preferred targets during the summer (via The Guardian).

    The Italian midfielder would be a valuable asset for a club likely to be fighting to return to the summit of the Premier League table next season.

    His quality would also help the club in their bid to improve upon their European performances.

    De Rossi would be the perfect complement to Yaya Toure's power in a central midfield duo regardless of the formation.

    He also showcased his ability to drop back into a three-man defense, which Mancini has tried with City at times this season.


    Prediction: False

    Mancini still won't be able to get De Rossi just as he wasn't in January when Roma said he wasn't available (via the Daily Mail).

    Roma is still in with a chance of playing in Europe next season, and with that and his allegiance to the club, De Rossi would prefer to stay.