Roberto Mancini is looking to boost Manchester City’s striking options by making a £35million bid for Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain.

City move for £35m-rated Higuain as chase for Van Persie goes quiet

City are in a three way battle for the Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie along with Manchester United and Juventus.

And now City are looking elsewhere with executive Brian Marwood keen on a move for Argentine striker Higuain instead.

Higuain has also been a target for Chelsea and Tottenham, but money-bags City have the spending power to blow them away.

Mancini is belived to prefer Van Persie, but the Dutch striker is understood to be reluctent to join a host of former Gunners at The Etihad.

Higuain struggled to hold down a first team place at Madrid last season and despite Jose Mourinho keen to keep the striker it seems Karim Benzema is ahead of him in the pecking order.

If City were to make a move for Higuain then they would need to ship out one of their highly paid strikers in order to fall in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Emmanuel Adebayor looked set to move to Tottenham, but that deal is on the brink of collapse over his £150,000-a-week wage demands.

Carlos Tevez is another striker who could leave and Roque Santa Cruz – City’s forgotten £17m striker – is being offered around.