Manchester City first team coach Fausto Salsano has admitted that Ezequiel Lavezzi is at the top of the club’s transfer wishlist for January, but he insisted that no swap deal for Mario Balotelli would take place.
Lavezzi has starred for Napoli since joining the club in 2007, scoring 29 goals in 129 appearances. And as a result, the Argentina international has attracted attention from numerous European clubs.
And Salsano singled out the star when asked whether Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik would make good signings for City in the January transfer window.
"Who among Lavezzi, Cavani and Hamsik is ready for the Premier League? They are three important players with qualities that can play anywhere,” he explained.
"Lavezzi in particular has important qualities because he is good in one on one situations, he's fast, he's clever and he could do very well in England.”
But Salsano denied that the club are planning an exchange deal between Mario Balotelli and Lavezzi, insisting that Balotelli is in City’s long-term plans.
He told reporters: "The Balotelli-Lavezzi exchange? Mario is one of the strongest strikers in Europe and worldwide at this time.
"For us he is a very important player and will not leave Manchester City. We believe very much in him.
"However, Lavezzi is proving to be one of the best strikers around the world."
With Carlos Tevez’s future still unsure in the City line-up, Salsano was coy on the idea of Lavezzi being a replacement for his international teammate. But he did leave the door open on the possibility of the 26-year-old making a move to City in the future.
He added: "In place of Tevez? I don't know, at this moment we are full. We have very strong forwards and you may not know now about the future, we look only at the present."
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