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With so many names linked with City, it is not surprising that many City fans brush off a headline "City seeks Maicon" as probably a ruse. Our situation is a unique one because our financial strength in an overall downturn is the best thing that happened to agents and newspapers, the lead progenitors of transfer talk. One aspect of the craziness in the Eto'o situation is that his agent is supposed to have said that the Manchester City bid was a lie to provoke the club, in an interview with Radio Marca. We have here the first admission by an agent of this sort of fabrication, and I am not sure how serious our intentions toward Maicon are. But I know how serious they should be.

We should make Maicon our number one target after we complete whatever signings are in the works. Here's the truth: Micah Richards is good, but with Maicon`s tutelage he could be great. Richards wouldn`t mind being kept on the bench by the number one in the world. And Maicon just might be talked into a move. His agent has linked us with a bid, and Inter might take a bid to fund some rebuilding buys. I am a huge, huge fan of Maicon's, because there are dozens of talented attacking fullbacks, but he is the first since Cafu to really turn that role into a generalship. In Inter's best performances last year he distributed perfectly, beat defenders, crossed beautifully, set loose strikers, and totally anchored the attacking movement. With Maicon linking up with Robinho, Tevez (fingers crossed), RSC, Stevie Ireland, and SWP, we would destroy defenses like Rafa Benitez destroys all-you-can-eat establishments.

I want to hear what players you are secretly relishing playing in Sky Blue next year. Who will take us to the next level? What younger players should we buy to keep in the wings? Would it be worth 10-20 million to get Hernanes? What about a Mauro Zarate? What about the clearouts from Real Madrid, including Ruud, Robben, Sneijder, and maybe even Mahmadou Diarra? If Eto`o doesn't come, do we need another striker, or was he a target of opportunity? I think that we won't buy another striker should he not come.

It appears that we have identified our prime targets, mostly goal scorers to finish the myriad attacking moves that lacked the final touch away last year. Leaving them aside, and Lescott/Upson, how many more moves do we need? Maybe another defensive signing would be in order, and a lot depends on clear outs as well. But we have such depth right now that we might not even need to replace Elano should he leave, and that's a good feeling.


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Date:Thursday July 2 2009

Time: 7:41AM

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I don't know if you have seen Hernanes play, but check him out. Really, heads and shoulders above the Brazilian players he plays against. Definitely ready for a move.
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02/07/2009 07:43:00

Very soon, we will be in the position that the Tampons and Tesco Madrid are in, and have been in for some time, where we will take the cream of the crop, whoever they may be and wherever they may be. Exciting times ahead...
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02/07/2009 07:49:00

Will still need to establish ourselves as a footballing force before we get the really world class players ake us seriously, rather than those who are simply coming because we are paying most money.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/07/2009 08:13:00

I don't think we need Maicon at all... I've said it all summer when we linked to Johnson and now to Maicon. I think you underestimate both Richards and Zabaleta. Centre back is where a couple of signings are needed.
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02/07/2009 11:42:00

Left centre-back to be precise MCFC_GB ;)
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02/07/2009 12:30:00

Thought procoking stuff, acn. The boy Sneijder is a class act.
Johnny Baguette
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02/07/2009 12:47:00

dont personally think we need another right back, zab will do just fine like last season, although a few hick-ups generally very good for first season. centre and left i feel need looking at, bridge is good, dont think good enough though, believe cheillini can do left back role? anyone confirm? only been at juve a season so dont think he will come unless he wanna those cash people. oh and can also cover centre back too, 2 in 1, sounds good business
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