Five to watch: Serie A scout report
2. The goalscorer: Edinson Cavani
He is the very definition of a modern day striker – brilliant with his head, clinical on either foot, quick and strong – it's no wonder Serie A defences have such difficulty shackling the Uruguayan.
As part of 'The Three Tenors', Cavani, Marek Hamik and Ezequiel Lavezzi wrought terror on the peninsula and threatened to do the same in Europe, until Chelsea halted them at the last 16 stage in 2011-12. Nonetheless, Cavani's goals have come as regularly as clockwork and his tallies at the Partenopei have rightfully lifted him to one of the most sought after strikers in world football.
He scored 33 goals in each of his first two years and looks set to beat that record with six weeks of the season to go and 31 strikes to his name. The 26-year-old has remained impressively dedicated to Napoli and enjoys a good relationship with the man who signed him for close to £15 million – Aurelio De Laurentiis. Indeed the president has previously stated: “If he were to come to me and say that he felt his time at Napoli was up, then we would talk about that.”
The problem is a buyout clause that stands at €62m (£52.6m), though many believe it will be a much lower fee that will prise him from Naples. An attribute that is less acknowledged is his work rate and desire to help out defensively. Oscar Tabarez, his national team manager, has played him from a wide position and in this sense he seems an ideal fit for Roberto Mancini's Manchester City.