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Cavani could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium  (©GettyImages)
Cavani could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium (©GettyImages).

Manchester City are currently in the process of scouring the market for a world-class striker to replace Carlos Tevez as the 29-year-old signed for Juventus last week.

Here are three possible replacements for the Argentinian striker:

Edinson Cavani

The Uruguayan striker looks set to leave the Serie A outfit this summer, with Manchester City believed to be tussling with Real Madrid for his signature. 

Although it is claimed they have refused to meet the £54million buy-out clause, the price-tag is unlikely to deter City's interest having already splashed almost £45million on Jesus Navas and Fernandinho as Pellegrini prepares for his debut season in England.

Cavani's goal record speaks for itself having found the net 36 times in all competitions and he boasts a number of the attributes needed if City are to emulate the formidable partnership Tevez had created with fellow countryman Sergio Aguero. 

His strength in the air combined with a natural instinct with the ball at his feet means that he could complement Aguero's style of play perfectly up front.

Last season's shortcomings mean that the pressure is now on Pellegrini to deliver instant success for City's big-spending owners. 

City's early transfer dealings suggest that they mean business this summer and adding Cavani to their ranks would be a sure-fire way to enhance their chances of collecting silverware next term.

Mario Gomez 

Another striker who could be on the move before the start of the forthcoming campaign is Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez. 

After a prolific Euro 2012 with Germany, Gomez was hailed as one of the finest forwards in the world  but an injury which kept him out of action at the start of the season saw him lose his place in the side to Mario Mandzukic.

Despite finding opportunities limited, Gomez still managed to net 13 goals in 28 games last season, a more than respectable return for someone who was mainly used as a substitute. 

The 27-year-old's agent has already said that he will be leaving the Allianz Arena this summer and although he is unlikely to be heading Pellegrini's list of targets, there is no doubt he would have something to offer to any Premier League side.

Unlike Cavani, Gomez is a proven goalscorer at the highest level and his wealth of experience in the UEFA Champions League could go some way to helping City improve their recent European woes. 

The German has already been linked to a number of Italian clubs, with Napoli and Fiorentina named among his potential suitors, but a move to England's top-flight could be key to reviving his career.

Christian Benteke 

Signed for a bargain fee of £7million, Aston Villa's Christian Benteke proved to be a revelation in his debut Premier League season. 

The Belgian striker signed off with 19 goals to his name, finishing as the league's fourth highest scorer despite his side's battle against relegation.

At the age of 22, Benteke is still far from the finished article, but he has already demonstrated enough to show that he is more than capable of tormenting any defence in England. 

A move to a top-four club seems to be inevitable in the near future but any interested parties would be faced with a hugely inflated price tag for someone who was relatively unknown this time last year.

The Belgian was unplayable at the times last season as countless teams failed to deal with his presence and raw power, but his development might be better suited by spending another season at Villa Park rather than being relied upon to spearhead City's attack. 

A lack of experience in Europe means that a move for Benteke would be a gamble for City and realistically, Pellegrini would likely be more inclined to move for an established marksman. 

In my opinion, Cavani would be Manchester City's dream signing. Do you agree? Have your say below.

 

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