The Citizens were previously linked with a move for Edinson Cavani and could use the potential sale of the injury-hit Sergio Aguero to fund a bid.
Manchester City would be wise to follow the paths previously taken by Liverpool and Arsenal when it comes to big money transfer dealings and any potential moves, in and out of the club, for Edinson Cavani and Sergio Aguero.
With regards Cavani, the Sky Blues could benefit from taking the same educated gamble Arsenal did when moving for Thierry Henry all those years ago.
Back in 1999 the £11 million purchase of the Frenchman was seen as risky transfer business by some, following a season in which Henry had failed to find his feet with Juventus in Serie A following a £10.5 million move from AS Monaco.
It’s a similar story with Cavani, who has endured mixed fortunes since his £40 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, a club when he, like Henry, has played on the wing to limited effect.
The 27-year-old still managed to rack up 16 goals in 30 Ligue 1 games for the Parisiens but remained a far cry from the forward who racked up a sensational 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli, starring both domestically and in Europe.
His lack of confidence shone through in games where he would previously have delivered – Uruguay’s World Cup meeting with Colombia and a Champions League date with Chelsea stand out.
Much of Cavani’s problems rest on the fact he has been forced to play second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, pushed out wide to accommodate the domineering Swede.
Little wonder then that reports suggest he has asked his agent to seek a move to the Premier League, with Manchester City, who were previously in the running to sign the forward from Napoli last summer, the ideal destination – provided the Citizens offload Aguero.
The situation surrounding the Argentine is not too dissimilar to the one facing Liverpool back in January 2011.
That was when Chelsea came calling with a bid of £50 million for star striker Fernando Torres – a player who had scored 65 goals in 102 Premier League appearances for the Anfield club.
But like Aguero, Torres was beginning to show the wear and tear of years spent playing at the top of his game and the Merseysiders soon saw this, accepting the Blues offer in what proved to be a shrewd move for Liverpool in the long-term.
The Spaniard racked up 18 goals in 22 Premier League games during his last ‘full’ season with the club, an eerily similar return to the 17 in 23 Aguero managed last term.
Should City cash-in on the Argentine with the likes of Real Madrid previously interested and go for Cavani instead? It represents a bold transfer gamble, but one that could pay-off handsomely.
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