In last seasonâ€™s transfer window Manchester City bought a whole host of strikers. Of the three that they purchased, Carlos Tevez has been exceptional whilst Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz have both suffered poor seasons.
It is therefore unsurprising that the Citizens have been linked with a mega swoop for Fernando Torres but what has gone somewhat under the radar is that they also have an interest in acquiring Edinson Cavani, Palermoâ€™s 23-year-old striker.
Palermoâ€™s President, Maurizio Zamparini, has publicly revealed that Manchester City are chasing the star. His public admission is unsurprising as the striker has a â‚¬25 million release clause, if the price is met, the Presidentâ€™s hands are tied and the player will be off.
The Uruguayan came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. and made his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the 2006-2007 Apertura Championship winning squad, scoring nine goals in 25 games in his only season with the club.
Whilst he enjoyed a great debut season, it was not his club form that brought him to the attention of European scouts but his performances for Uruguay in the South American Youth Championship.
Several teams were interested in signing the striker. The list of suitors included Juventus and AC Milan. However, it was Palermo who stumped up the cash and he was off to the Rosanero.
In the ultra defensive Serie A he has continued to impress and bagged 32 goals in 107 appearances, an excellent haul for a team that struggles to get into the Europa Cup on a consistent basis.
Cavani is a tall (he stands at 6 ft), quick and agile striker. He is predominantly right footed and plays as the spearhead of the attack. He is excellent in the air and is a constant danger form set pieces and crosses.
He uses he speed to exploit space between the centre back and left full back, scoring most of his goals running onto through balls into the space between the two defenders.
In addition, he is calm in front of goal and is able to wait for what seems like an eternity for the goalkeeper to make the first move before calmly slotting the ball home.
A criticism of his game would be that he fails to provide assists for his team mates. This year he has none to speak of and last season only two. This is surely not enough, and Manchester City will be looking for him to do more work to create space and assists for his fellow strikers.
Serie A is a league that Roberto Mancini knows well, and for him to recommend his acquisition to the Manchester City board he must be sure that he will settle into the cut and thrust of the Premier League.
He will not be in Manchester Cityâ€™s first choice partnership but for a club where money is no object and attaining Champions League football is a must for next season, Cavani is definitely a player who can make a vital contribution to this requirement.
Video evidence of Edison Cavani can be seen here.