Roberto Mancini has revealed he made Napoli striker Edinson Cavani his prime target for the summer transfer window prior to his departure from the Manchester City at the end of the season.
The Italian was sacked as City manager exactly a year after leading the club to the Premier League title, having relinquished their crown to rivals Manchester United before the end of April.
Speaking to the Italian press, Mancini has launched an attack on Manchester City claiming he was never offered the reasons for his dismissal, insisting he met the targets outlined upon his arrival at the Etihad Stadium.
Mancini also suggests he identified Cavani as his most wanted player as the transfer window approached, but was not granted the opportunity to complete a deal for the coveted Uruguay international.
"When I was at City, I made Cavani as our absolute top target for this summer transfer window," Mancini told Corriere Dello Sport.
With or without the influence of Mancini, Manchester City have been in pursuit of Cavani, although appear set to lose out on the signature of the 26-year-old Uruguay forward.