Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo could replace Carlos Tevez at Manchester City.
Paraguay star Cardozo has long been linked with a move to the Etihad and with the departure of Tevez to Juventus leaving new City manager Manuel Pellegrini short of options up front, the 30-year-old could be an ideal target.
Cardozo famously fell out with Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after losing out on the Portuguese Primiera Liga to Porto, but scored 26 goals in all competitions for the Europa League finalists and is attracting ‘real interest’ from the Premier League, says his agent.
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Goal machine: Cardozo is a consistent scorer in Portugal
Over to you? Jorge Jesus (left) fell out with Cardozo, so Pellegrini could swoop in
Reports suggest Benfica would allow the player to leave for around £17million after he pushed his manager at the final whistle of one of their last games of the season.
‘Benfica knows the situation and now the subject is in their hands,’ Cardozo’s agent, Pedro Aldave, told Sky Sports.
‘There has always been interest from Premier League but now this is real interest.’
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero are the only first-team strikers at the club at present, so signing a recognised forward will be the Chilean’s top priority, with Edinson Cavani also a possibility.
City have strengthened in midfield with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas signing but missed out on Spanish star Isco to Real Madrid.