Transfer window had always been one of the most entertaining phases in one complete football season and things have only got better from the entertainment perspective with the arrival of the mega rich owners at some European clubs who are willing enough to splurge some cash just because they can.
Although Ligue 1 club PSG has been grabbing a lot of headlines with their crazy transfer policies of late, one must admit it is the ‘other club from Manchester’ that pioneered this trend. After a relatively silent summer that they had had, City are believed to be ready to take the front guard one more time this winter and one of their bigger targets from January is Napoli’s hitman Edinson Cavani.
Reports suggest that the Premier League champions, with the clear intentions to bolster their attack out of every other club’s reach are planning a Torres-esque bid to lure the Uruguayan away from the city of Naples. Napoli’s valuation of the striker is rumoured to be around £50 M which is a price that often serves as an indicator for the interested parties to lose all hopes of signing the player but you do not say that to Manchester City now, do you?
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis was quick in quashing any such possibilities and in fact went a step ahead and stated that Mario Balotelli should consider a move to Napoli – another way to present to the world the striking duo of Cavani and Balotelli. Not for nothing do they classify this month as the most dramatic one in the football calendar.
However, should City seriously consider going all guns blazing for Cavani, they will have to let go off one of their precious forwards – in all likeliness, Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian striker has long been vocal about his disliking at being labelled ‘super sub’. It has been observed that Mancini tends to introduce Dzeko only after things having gone wrong but the striker more often than not successfully repairs the damage. But the very news of his club looking to add another striker to the roster should definitely put Dzeko off and he should not be having two thoughts about leaving the club at the first opportunity.
Reportedly, former Italian and European champions Inter are interested in the services of Dzeko. The Nerazzurri have tried signing him in the past and given the problems that they are currently facing, it is only logical to believe they are going after a striker of Dzeko’s reputation. But the price tag that is believed to be around £25 M might just force Inter away from their aspiration. However, if Dzeko is keen on seeking a move away from City, there will certainly be no dearth of best possible suitors who will be more than willing to offer the much required playing time to the forward.
As things stand, neither of the transfers should materialize in the January window. If Napoli fail to qualify for Champions League football next season, Cavani will surely be looking for the options and considering his value in the market, City should not face much fight from the others. On the other hand, Edin Dzeko too should choose to stay put as there’s a good chance he’d soon topple the likes of Tevez and Balotelli in the pecking order in the City frontline.