Will Mancini use the summer window to strengthen his under-fire City squad?
The Manchester City manager is ready to spend a massive £60million-plus on overhauling his squad and strengthening in key areas this summer, with a double swoop for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Celtic’s Victor Wanyama, according to the MailOnline.
Mancini and football director Txiki Begiristain have identified the need for new faces, as the Premier League looks to be slipping out of their grasp, with Manchester United now in a 12 point lead. The club will also look to offload at least four players to help satisfy UEFA’s financial fair play rules, including £25m-rated Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, who is attracting interest in Italy and Germany and who wants more first team football.
The Mail say that City opened talks with Napoli over a move for Cavani last month and were initially put off by his £52m release clause, but with Chelsea now leading the chase for Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, City have turned their attentions to the Uruguay international and are prepared to break the British transfer record to sign him.
Cavani has 18 goals in Serie A this season for Napoli, who are in second place behind Juventus, and is also attracting interest from both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain poised to place bids.
City have looked lightweight up front this season, particularly in the wake of Mario Balotelli’s move back to Italy, and Mancini famously missed out on signing Robin van Persie in the summer to United, who have benefited from the great form of the Dutch striker. That has inspired the City hierarchy’s determination not to miss out on another top target, and the side will follow up the potential signing of Cavani, with other big-name sacrifices as City also look to bring in a new centre back and defensive midfielder.
Another name on City’s transfer target list is Celtic’s Wanyama, who was watched by City scouts on Tuesday night as his side went down 0-3 to Juventus, with scouts also present from Chelsea and Arsenal. That follows interested from Manchester United in the 21-year-old Kenyan, who is valued at £10m, and has only 16 months left on his contract.
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This article was first posted on February 14, 2013