Perennially linked with a move to the Premier League, Edinson Cavani could be coming to the English top-flight in the very near future and if Manchester City are serious about competing with Chelsea for top honours in the long-term then he could prove to be an essential signing.
Arsenal and Liverpool currently lead the chase to sign the Uruguayan, who is thought to be unhappy at current club Paris Saint-Germain, having been played out of position under Laurent Blanc.
And Spanish news site Fichajes.net has fuelled further speculation that the 27-year-old could be set for a big money move with a report today suggesting the player is willing to listen to any offers coming from the Premier League.
While it’s the Reds and Gunners who currently dominate the headlines where the South American is concerned, it’s not long since Manchester City were being linked with a €55m bid for the Uruguayan.
The Citizens could yet be in need of another striker too, having allowed Alvaro Negredo to return to Spain with Valencia as part of a season-long loan deal that appears to have signalled the end of his time in England.
City are already in danger of surrendering their Premier League crown meekly, with the Sky Blues five points behind Chelsea already.
And if Manuel Pellegrini is determined to have the club competing for top honours both domestically and in Europe, then the recruitment of a striker of Cavani’s quality could be crucial.
Cavani established his reputation as a proven goalscorer during his time in Serie A with Napoli, where he racked up a sensational 104 goals in 138 games.
Manchester City were among the clubs keen to recruit the Uruguayan after that return but he opted for the big money and bright lights of Paris.
Despite struggling to feature in his preferred position for PSG, the forward has still managed 29 goals in 51 games and would most likely only move if the club involved was able to match or better his wage demands.
In that sense, City could hold a significant advantage over Arsenal or Liverpool, though the Etihad club would be expected to balance the books elsewhere.