Here at the Football Transfer Tavern we are surprised by the news in the Daily Telegraph that claims Manchester City City are ready to give up in their quest to land Radamel Falcao.
The club are of course one striker short after the departure of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan in the January transfer window and given that the future of Edin Dzeko is uncertain, not to mention Carlos Tevez is well Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini wants a big name in the summer.
The club are painfully aware that Robin van Persie has made all the difference for Manchester United this season and had Sir Alex Ferguson not splashed out on the Dutchman, things could have been very different in deciding where the title would end up.
It has now been claimed that the club are willing to accept defeat in their move for Colombian international Falcao, with safe money on the striker moving to either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the summer and are willing to turn their attention to Napoli striker Edinson Cavani instead. The Uruguayan has been nothing short of scintillating this season for the Neapolitans and is certainly a hot property in world football and City are willing to meet the £52 million buy out clause in his contract not to mention a rather healthy package in terms of wages in order to land their man.