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Scarface, Terry Henry And A City Samba Offload?



City's much needed international break in action has unsurprisingly got the hacks debating which players the club will attempt to sign this summer...

While Mark Hughes regroups his players for the final push of a gruelling season and many of our called up international stars withdraw from their countries teams injured, focus has turned again towards City squad strengthening matters.

It's well known that City's extensive scouting network have been jetting about in all directions monitoring top quality players. The word around the club is that following the chastening experience of 'Kakagate' at the hands of AC Milan's hierarchy, City will not be going back there to do business.

Brazilian destiny could well be the key to what happens next transfer wise at City no matter which way we look at it. Will the management keep the faith with our Samba players erratic ways and aim to build a squad around them or cut their losses....?

Elano, for his fining and inability to really get going this season has improved his stamina and form in recent weeks, but that's about it. He's not a Hughes favourite, that's for sure, when you consider his substitutions.

The Thaksin Shinawatra signed Jô, currently on loan at Everton has been absolutely brutal in the main and we all know there are far better target men out there with half decent first touches. No matter what Mark Hughes recently said about Jô's future, he could well be up the road.

FC Nuremberg loanee Gláuber Berti remains an inexplicable mystery and should he ever make a City appearance, he'll surely have difficulty running with so many splinters stuck in his backside.

And of course, there's our record signing Robinho. This brilliant footballer has coped amazingly well considering the baggage that follows him everywhere, but his level of performance has nosedived since the turn of the year.

A fining for doing one from the January Tenerife Training camp and a Leeds Police investigation that we haven't heard anything more about could well have weighed heavy upon him. His terrible missed penalty against Sunderland belied a shattered confidence and lack of self belief.

The player himself has admitted from the Brazil camp this week that he plays alongside a different level of player for his national side than at City. Is that what he needs in order to establish himself in England?

We all want Robinho to succeed at City and his 12 goals for the club have shown that he can cut it in a Premier League side, but
you sense that City's crucial run in to the end of the season could decide whether or not he is sacrificed, perceived as a mirror image of City's inconsistency this season.

Debate continues across the Vital MC Forums as to whom City will move for at the end of May. Bayern Munich's superb Franck Ribéry, the never say die Frenchman known as 'Scarface' in la Republique would be an ideal acquisition.

Barcelona's Thierry 'Terry' Henry is another international great with a wealth of experience that would help bring along the City Academy backbone of developing star players that His Highness Sheikh Mansour has underlined a commitment to.

When the dust settles upon this long season, we can be sure that Manchester City will remain at the epicentre of the football world's debate.

Will Mark Hughes build a squad around Robinho and The Academy lads or choose to de-Samba City? Give us your views both here and in our buzzing Forums!


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 26 2009

Time: 7:53AM

Your Comments

It really is a catch 22 situation. Until we start winning things and qualifyingfor Europe on a regular basis, the big players will not consider moving to us. On the other hand, we need some star players to win things and qualify for Europe on a regular basis. Guess it's down to Jim Cassell to produce a few more Irelands and SWP's to mix in with a handful of stars to get the revolution started. Ribery? YES PLEASE! Henry? YES PLEASE! AC Milan? DROP DEAD!
fifthcolumnblue
It really is a catch 22 situation. Until we start winning things and qualifyingfor Europe on a regular basis, the big players will not consider moving to us. On the other hand, we need some star players to win things and qualify for Europe on a regular basis. Guess it's down to Jim Cassell to produce a few more Irelands and SWP's to mix in with a handful of stars to get the revolution started. Ribery? YES PLEASE! Henry? YES PLEASE! AC Milan? DROP DEAD!
fifthcolumnblue
AC will drop dead... very soon in fact if you judge them by the age of their squad...
Smilezzz
AC will drop dead... very soon in fact if you judge them by the age of their squad...
Smilezzz
Thought all this media crap woukd be over till the summer - apparently not. At this stage it's not worth getting involved.
Thaibluefan
Thought all this media crap woukd be over till the summer - apparently not. At this stage it's not worth getting involved.
Thaibluefan
henry to city? never gonna happen and we have more chance of signing lenny henry. ribery to city? never gonna happen as he said he doesnt want to move from munich nor does he want to play in england. robinho going?? i can see it happening but i hope im very wrong because if we get the team balance right and push him more upfront with or behind a main striker then you will see a different robinho.
bluemooner_mcfc
henry to city? never gonna happen and we have more chance of signing lenny henry. ribery to city? never gonna happen as he said he doesnt want to move from munich nor does he want to play in england. robinho going?? i can see it happening but i hope im very wrong because if we get the team balance right and push him more upfront with or behind a main striker then you will see a different robinho.
bluemooner_mcfc
Barca will sell henry - simply to recoup 15million for a 31year old. Who will be replaced by silva at barca in the summer. Henry wants a last big pay deal and he will be cloer to his daughter in london. Logical move for all parties. Id love ribery at city, hes a vast improvement compared to swp on the right wing. He would be magical in the premierhip and a better investment then kaka. I can see him wanting to join city and bayern willing to sell. I hope im wrong. John terry talk is nonsense.
enzo city
Barca will sell henry - simply to recoup 15million for a 31year old. Who will be replaced by silva at barca in the summer. Henry wants a last big pay deal and he will be cloer to his daughter in london. Logical move for all parties. Id love ribery at city, hes a vast improvement compared to swp on the right wing. He would be magical in the premierhip and a better investment then kaka. I can see him wanting to join city and bayern willing to sell. I hope im wrong. John terry talk is nonsense.
enzo city
"Ribery took up Islam when he married a few years ago and City's Abu Dhabi-based owners appear ready to pay what it takes to make him the new emblem of the club" Apparently we are looking for a 'Muslim Superstar'. Can't complain if it's Ribery- although I wouldn't choose him as the new emblem unless we are appealing to the partially sighted and blind.
eighthsin
"Ribery took up Islam when he married a few years ago and City's Abu Dhabi-based owners appear ready to pay what it takes to make him the new emblem of the club" Apparently we are looking for a 'Muslim Superstar'. Can't complain if it's Ribery- although I wouldn't choose him as the new emblem unless we are appealing to the partially sighted and blind.
eighthsin
Oh to be a journalist! Draw up your dream team then find a link with each one to City. Ribery is a Muslim? Henry wants to be near his kids? Give it a few weeks and we'll find out Messi owns a caravan in Denton! It's impossible to judge when you can't believe a word of whats attributed to agents, players friends, and 'club insiders'. The only certainty is that Valencia HAVE to sell but whether it's to us only time will tell. Stick 200 names in a hat and take your pick.... you've as much chance of getting it right as the rags do!
BitterBlue
Oh to be a journalist! Draw up your dream team then find a link with each one to City. Ribery is a Muslim? Henry wants to be near his kids? Give it a few weeks and we'll find out Messi owns a caravan in Denton! It's impossible to judge when you can't believe a word of whats attributed to agents, players friends, and 'club insiders'. The only certainty is that Valencia HAVE to sell but whether it's to us only time will tell. Stick 200 names in a hat and take your pick.... you've as much chance of getting it right as the rags do!
BitterBlue
Another article written after a pub session.
Doody
Another article written after a pub session.
Doody
....by a teetotaler?
kennyclementstache
....by a teetotaler?
kennyclementstache
 

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