Manchester City were fortunate to escape with a draw from their first meeting with Walter Mazzarri's Napoli side, who finished third in last season's Serie A. The Italian club's free-flowing attacking football is spearheaded by the attacking trio of Lavezzi, Cavani and Hamsik. Here, talkSPORT takes a closer look at these three players, who wants to buy them and what they're worth…
STRENGTHS: A strong, dynamic forward who can play across the pitch, Lavezzi's hard-working ethic and speed is comparable to fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez. He drags defenders out of position with his runs, creating space for his team-mates to exploit and is capable of delivering clever through balls.
WEAKNESSES: Doesn't get as many goals as he should, but his running creates opportunities for team-mate Cavani, who often takes the plaudits.
2010/11: 7 goals in 38 games
2011/12: 3 goals in 14 games
"We don't get a chance to be together [often] so we will usually speak about other things. Also, it would also be a lack of respect towards our clubs - but mainly I ask him to come to join Manchester City." Sergio Aguero asks his Argentine team mate to join him in Manchester, November 2011
''There is no truth in reports linking Lavezzi with Milan, 'Lavezzi's name has never come up in the conversations I've had with [AC Milan sporting director Ariedo] Braida. Manchester City have never called me to enquire about Lavezzi. Lavezzi is at Napoli and wants to remain here. I don't think it's right to discuss a possible move for Lavezzi right now as he must only concentrate on Napoli's season and the Champions League.'' Lavezzi's agent Alejandro Mazzoni told Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport, November 2011
STRENGTHS: Since picking up the Copa America title with Uruguay and helping Napoli to third place in Serie A last season, Cavani has worked hard on his all-round game and improved his defensive side. He has a brilliant goal scoring record and is tenth in Europe's leading goal scorers for the calendar year of 2011, thriving on runs from his team mate Lavezzi, adding strength on the ball and height in the box.
WEAKNESSES: May struggle to work with another central striker such as Mario Balotelli, but given the right partner can be lethal.
2010/11: 32 goals in 44 games
2011/12: 6 goals in 13 games
CLUBS INTERESTED: Manchester CIty, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United
VALUE: £30million, contract until 2016
HE SAYS: "It doesn't matter whether or not Manchester City are interested in me; I always give my all for the team I play for — and this really is a special team, Napoli have always shown enormous faith in me and I will never forget that." Cavani told UEFA.com ahead of the game with City, November 2011
"Honestly I don't think Balotelli and Cavani can play together." Manchester City assistant coach Fausto Salsano, November 2011
POSITION: Attacking midfielder
STRENGTHS: Hamsik can play across the midfield and uses his vision and skill on the ball to create opportunities against disciplined defences. Like his team-mates, Hamsik is a hardworking and intelligent player, who can use both feet and possesses good control.
WEAKNESSES: Hamsik can flit in and out of games.
2010/11: 13 goals in 55 games
2011/12: 3 goals in 15 games
CLUBS INTERESTED: AC Milan, Manchester City, Manchester United
VALUE: £25million, contract until 2015
"Why will I stay in Naples? Because the best is yet to come, I'm sure. I don't believe that Napoli's cycle is at its peak. [Napoli president Aurelio] de Laurentiis is building a team and the club is getting bigger and bigger". Hamsik told Repubblica.it, November 2011
"Marek is happy to work with me and he is very motivated, he is happy to remain here. I have spoken to him and from what I know, in the end he will not leave." Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri told Gazzetta dello Sport, July 2011
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