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Manchester City have been rumored to be interested in Napoli's three star players for some time now, but recently, Manchester City chief scout, Carlo Cancellieri, confirmed that interest, stating, "I confirm the interest of Manchester City in Hamsik, Lavezzi and Cavani, and I think that this should only please the Napoli fans."
As someone who does enjoy supporting Napoli when watching Serie A football, I fail to understand how Napoli fans are supposed to be pleased with the fact that Manchester City are publicly tapping up their players.
In fact, it's absolutely ridiculous to suggest such an idea. The fact that Manchester City are okay with regularly and publicly tapping up players, like Roberto Mancini did with Samir Nasri, is also a bit irritating, though tapping up has become more commonplace than in past years.
Getting back to the rumor, Cancellieri finished by making clear which one the three players interests Manchester City the most:
Cavani in particular has always been my 'bullet,' a player I like a lot. Other than Ibrahimovic, Cavani is the most incisive attacker in Serie A. And his agent knows well Manchester City's appreciation for his client.
With players like Samir Nasri and Adam Johnson regularly struggling to make the starting lineup—despite the immense quality that both players possess—adding Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik into the mix may just be an overkill on quality (though Mancini has always figured out how to rotate his players to keep everyone happy).
However, with Carlos Tevez almost guaranteed to move on to a new club in January, Manchester City may find themselves in need of a new striker to give City a good amount of depth up front, and Cavani, one of the best strikers in the world today, would definitely fit the bill.
On the other hand, there's no way that Napoli would want to sell their best player after having made so much progress in the league since his acquisition.
Furthermore, if they were to sell, it's unlikely that Cavani would go for less than £40 million or so, an amount which Manchester City can't afford to continue splashing regularly having posted record losses last season and presently facing a race against time to get in like with Financial Fair Play guidelines.
Personally, I expect that Manchester City will acquire none of these guys in January, but if there is one who they will at least chase, I expect it to be Cavani.
How Manchester City are performing in the league and Champions League come January will play a big role in whether Cavani is acquired or not.