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Edinson Cavani is Serie A's leading goalscorer with 26 this season, improving on the 23 he netted in the last campaign and equaling his league tally of 2010-11. This is exactly the kind of consistent form Mancini is after.
The Uruguayan has been on the Citizens' radar since last season, when his three goals against them in the Champions League aided their unceremonious group stage exit.
Rumours of a transfer to Eastlands have been circulating for months with City touted as one of the few clubs willing to break his £54 million release clause. "If a club has a clear project and they want to focus on me, they can't be frightened in front of this figure," Cavani flirtatiously said in January (quote from The Mirror).
The latest rumor reported in The Daily Mail suggests Edin Dzeko will be sent to Naples, bringing the fee down to a slightly more sensible £35 million. The Mail has also suggested City will make Cavani the Premiership's highest-paid player with a £13.3 million salary.
How his contract would sit within the context of the new Financial Fair Play rules is anyone's guess.