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Manchester City want £45m Cavani to replace Balotelli

Manchester City have been relatively quiet of late, but Graeme York of the Mail Online reckons they are preparing a massive deal which has got everyone at the Football Transfer Tavern excited.

Following Roberto Mancini’s training ground bust up with Mario Balotelli last week, a replacement striker is thought to be lined up, and Edinson Cavani of Napoli is the name being mentioned.

Balotelli’s patchy form and off-field behaviour is starting to wear thin at the Etihad Stadium, and City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain is understood to be actively seeking a replacement for the young Italian, and has already launched a massive £45 million bid for the Uruguayan.

Cavani has been a long-term target for the Premier League title holders, and has already managed 20 goals in Italy this season.

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis had previously stated in December that he had turned down a huge offer for his main man, and reiterated his desire to keep hold of Cavani.

He said: “Cavani is a warrior who embodies all that’s best of the Napoli spirit and our supporters. It is because of this that I turned down an offer of 55 million euros.”

Although his club are desperate to hang on to him, Cavani himself has admitted he would relish a move to England.

He said: “I know that there has been interest from Premier League teams. I know I would be a success in the Premier League – and it is an exciting prospect.”

However whether a move materialises may depend on whether City can find a taker for a certain Mr Balotelli.

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