Why is divorce so expensive? Because it's worth it.
That old joke neatly expresses why, after a tepid summer transfer window last August, Manchester City should swing its financial hammer with direct purpose when the season is over and the window opens again.
It was noble, really, the way City resisted the urge to empty its money clip last summer. Instead of breaking out the big notes, City gave Javi Garcia, Matija Nastasic, Jack Rodwell and (gulp) Scott Sinclair comparative piles of change.
It seemed like the Sky Blues wanted to run counter to the notion that they had bought the Premier League title they just won. "If we do it again after acquiring 'fit' guys and supporting players," they seemed to be saying, "maybe we will stop being the 'best team that money can buy.'"
Ironically, by letting Manchester United wrest Robin van Persie from its grip, City did just that. Now they're the second-best team that money can buy, and United is in the process of taking its trophy back.
So the well-intended experiment in team building by sum-of-the-parts guys is reaching its end, not tragically, but certainly not gloriously either.
Pardon the crass directness of my argument, but City should pay Napoli whatever they ask for Edinson Cavani if Napoli will sell him to them.
Cavani is leading Serie A in goals this season; not coincidentally, Napoli has an inside track on another Champions League berth for next season.
Obviously, no one expects Napoli to give an in-form 26-year-old striking sensation away.
For whatever reason, Napoli's management has decided to underline that point anyway. Per Sky Sports, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is setting the financial bar awfully close to the cirrus clouds.
"I put a really high cost on it, because I do not want to see it (Cavani leave). And I put it (the cost) with the agreement of players," De Laurentiis remarked.
He's not the only one. Cavani hasn't exactly been shy about his value, either.
Earlier this season, per the Mirror, Cavani let it be known that like so many of the best things in life, he is not coming cheaply.
Referring to his reported £54 million price tag, Cavani cavalierly said, “If a club has a clear project and they want to focus on me, they can’t be frightened in front of this figure."
It's only money after all, Cavani seemed to say.
He's absolutely right.
Besides, if you were in the market for a first-class striker, what would you want him to say?
"No, no, I'm not worth that, that's too much money, I'll never deliver on that contract!"
In the final analysis, Manchester City is en route to losing the Premier League title this season because the Sky Blues didn't score enough goals.
As of this writing, Edin Dzeko leads the team in goals; he doesn't even play regularly.
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, who do play regularly, have as many goals as Adam Le Fondre and Arouna Kone.
Not nearly good enough.
City could bring all three of their spotty strikers back next season and hope one or more of them finds his lost quality around the goal mouth.
They could rein in the purse strings or spend immodestly but also imprudently again on duller stars.
But City's mind-blowing resources would be best spent on the best.
They should pay whatever it takes to bring Cavani to the Etihad.