Mancini on Manchester City and Cavani

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed Edinson Cavani was always planned as the club’s primary transfer target this summer.

The Italian coach was sacked at the end of this season after a disappointing campaign at the Etihad, despite winning the Premier League title for the Citizens in 2011/12 for the first time since 1968, along with the FA Cup the previous term.

Italian correspondent Tancredi Palmeri ‘broke the news’ via Twitter that Mancini finally broke his silence following his dismissal from the Etihad. Palmeri quoted the former Blues boss as saying:

"I still don't know why City have sacked me. The wanted the title within 3 years,I made it in 2 years. Soriano never spoke to me."

"When I was still at City I made Cavani as our absolute top target for this summer window"

It’s still unclear whether Mancini made these comments in a positive light or otherwise but it would at least appear to shed light on the circumstances surrounding his dismissal this term – his non-existent relationship with City chief executive Ferran Soriano may well have had something to do with it.

City fans may well say let bygones be bygones but they’ll surely be interested to glean an insight into the groundwork that had been going on behind the scenes in the run up to the summer – most notably that Napoli striker Edinson Cavani was a priority.

City have been heavily linked with the Uruguayan in recent weeks and months but if they want him they’ll likely have to fight off club like Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, amongst others.

Still, one would have thought if the club were effectively preparing to bid for Cavani even at the latest all the way back in May, then they’d surely be in strong position to sign him now.

Given that Mancini’s replacement Manuel Pellegrini has only just arrived, I suppose it’s only natural that the club may have other business to attend to but if they really want to get their man, the man they’ve been eyeing up for months, then they ought not shuffle their feet over a deal, especially give the competition.

Chelsea, according to reports, have agreed personal terms with the 26-year-old but it appears they forgot to run that by his club Napoli with whom he is still under contract and that contract reportedly contains a minimum fee release clause of £54 million.

If City have been preparing to bid for Edinson Cavani for months it makes you wonder how deep Sheikh Mansour’s pockets really are if he’s been rooting around looking that long. Who, knows maybe he just can’t find a pen?

images: © Andrew Brannan, © Mafue

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