The departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus for £10million has left a massive hole in the Manchester City squad, which Manuel Pellegrini must now try to fill.
There has been much speculation around who could be the potential replacement for the Argentine international. This article looks at three potential replacements.
Seen as one of the hottest transfer targets in the whole of Europe and due to the fact he has scored 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli in all competitions it is easy to see why.
His height makes him a target man in the box, coupled with the fact he possesses great technical ability making him a nightmare for any defender.
Manchester City are believed to be the only club to have bid for the player, although it is reported that the fee offered is far from reaching Napoli’s valuation of the player. Although he is technically brilliant and has an amazing goalscoring record, this transfer should be approached with some caution.
Serie A is completely different to the Premier League as it is much slower paced and due to this I just hope that if Cavani comes to the Premier League he can adapt.
In the Confederations Cup he has been quite ineffective, but this is partly due to being asked to play out wide which is not his natural position and yet he did still manage to score against Brazil in the semi-finals.
If Cavani can adapt to the Premier League then he would be a great addition to the Manchester City squad even though he would be the most expensive transfer on this list of potential recruits.
The German international is clearly a striker that oozes class in all the right areas.
He is another player who is strong in the air but has the composure to score if offered a one-on-one opportunity, which would come in abundance at a Manchester City due to the team containing the likes of David Silva and recent recruit Jesus Navas.
Gomez seemingly slipped down the pecking order at Bayern Munich last season, due to an injury which he sustained and form of the Croatian striker of Mario Mandžukić.
However, although he has slipped down the pecking order at Munich, he is still a regular in the Germany squad and a couple of seasons ago he was in scintillating form seeming to score in every game that he played.
He has scored 113 goals in 174 of games in all competitions, showing that he has an eye for a goal.
In addition to this, with him being a lone striker he is a player who is willing to play with his back to goal and is able to protect the ball and link up play with the midfield players just behind him.
His transfer fee will probably be considerably lower than that of Cavani. I would expect it to be around £20 to £25million which is nearly half that of Cavani.
He would probably be more suited to the Premier League, as by coming from the Bundesliga which is a league that is quite fast paced and jut slightly less physical then the Premier League.
Is Cavani worth paying double Gomez’s potential transfer fee? Only Pellegrini could answer that question and I expect him to answer it relatively soon.
Suarez will be a surprise to some people as a possible replacement and for this reason could be seen as a wildcard in terms of potential Tevez replacements.
Suarez does look destined to leave Liverpool this summer, with the reported destination likely to be Real Madrid.
If Madrid decide to move for Cavani instead of Suarez this could open up the door for Manchester City to swoop in and capture Suarez from Liverpool.
Suarez is a similar player to Tevez than the other two potential targets mentioned above. Suarez has an industrial work rate and is a player who constantly tries to create that half a chance he needs to get the goal he craves.
He has that winning mentally to ensure his team wins, even though at times it is through some illegal means, as seen with his famous handball against Ghana in the World Cup and the biting incidents, which have tarnished his reputation.
Therefore would City be willing to take a risk on tarnishing the club’s reputation and would Suarez be willing to remain in England even though he has his heart set on a move to Spain.
In terms of transfer value, it is reported a bid of £40million will be enough to tempt the striker away from Anfield.
He is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and for this reason I would potentially advise City to take a gamble and put in a bid for this player.
However, all will be revealed in the coming weeks. Whether Mr Pellegrini choses one of these players is anybody’s guess, but what is clear is that City need a striker before the new campaign starts.
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