Transfer Window: Napoli Striker Edinson Cavani In Focus

If Mario Balotelli does depart from Manchester City during this or the summer transfer window it won't be because of a training ground altercation. But because someone will be willing to meet his high wage demands. And more pertinently because he has failed to deliver fully on the promise he arrived with from Internazionle.


A rumoured replacement is the Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani who plies his trade in a talented manner with Napoli in Serie A. However Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has endeavoured to muddy the waters and hinder any possibility of a January switch by saying it's Balotelli who might be joining Cavani in Naples.


However after De Kaurentiis rejected a £45 million offer from an unspecified club in the summer, the likelihood of the likes of Manchester City increasing that offer to £51 million appears likely; this being the strikers release clause amount.


And even if they wanted to, Napoli have no reason to dress up their prize asset in any transfer or shop window. Cavani was again in top form on Sunday in his sides meeting with Roma, scoring an adroit hat trick in a 4-1 victory that saw the Azzurri move back into third place.


Cavani would be a good fit at Manchester City. In fact their are few clubs were it's hard to envisage a bad fit. His ability to score opportune and dexterous goals is coupled with his willingness to work hard for the players around him. A rounded striker that would appear to be an ideal candidate for Chelsea also, who are second favourites with bookies to sign him. Juventus and Paris Saint Germain have also shown a keen interest.


Cavani joined Palermo from Montevideo club side Danubio in 2007 after a smart display for Uruguay at the 2007 South American Youth Championship. He scored a stunning strike in his debut in 2007. However it took him until the 2008-09 season to ensure his place in the starting line up at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. In his 109 performances he netted 34 times for the Sicilian side that eventually resulted in a move to Napoli that ultimately totalled €17 million.


Again he set the bar high, scoring on his debut in a European qualifier and in his first league match. In the 2010-11 season, Cavani became Napoli's highest goal scorer in a single season in the clubs history. This resulted in his signing of a lucrative contract in May 2011.


Last season saw two of his current suitors at the end of his clinical finishing. He scored home and away in his sides meetings with Manchester City in the Champions League and against Chelsea he scored and assisted twice in a tie the Italian side ultimatley lost, to the eventual winners.


This season has also seen the Uruguayan in impressive form in Europe, scoring 4 times against Dnipro in the group stage. And Sunday was not his first hat trick of the season in the league either, having put three past close rivals Lazio in late September.


If a move does come to fruition in this transfer window the recipients of Cavani's services are quite likely to get a very good return on their investment.