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Roberto Mancini has not given up on the possibility of signing of Arsenal star Robin van Persie, but has already found a replacement in case the Dutchman decides to move elsewhere.
City were the early favouries for Van Persie's signature, but in recent weeks have fallen to third in the race for the Dutch frontman, who is now said to favour a move to the Citizens' city rivals Manchester United, or reigning Serie A champions Juventus.
Mancini, frustrated by the turn of events, has already hit out at the lack of transfer activity at the Etihad Stadium this summer, but seems to have now found an able replacement for Van Persie in the Â£35 million-rated Gonzalo Higuain according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Real Madrid ace has been unsettled at the La Liga side for a while now, and is considering an exit from the Bernabeu after falling behind Karim Benzema in the club's pecking order. A move to the Premier League has been heavily speculated for the 24-year old, who has been targeted by both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, two sides looking to add to more attacking firepower to their side.
City however are ready to outbid their competition in order to sign the Argentine frontman, who would join compatriots Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta if he joined the Premier League champions.
However, in order to sign the high-profile striker and fall into line with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, one suspects that City would have to offload some of the deadwood at the club, like strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz.
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