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Manchester City to Sign Gago?



While our experience with high-profile Brazilian signings here at Manchester City has been at best a mixed bag, we have had better luck with the Argentines Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta. Given that foreign players can find it hard to adapt to Premiership football and life in England, it is tempting to look at other Argentines as transfer targets with Tevez and Zabaleta available to help them settle. Additionally, there would be the benefit of players playing together both in our squad and during the international breaks for the Argentina national team, as currently happens with our England internationals (assuming Argentina fires Maradona after an early World Cup exit and brings in a competent coach).

According to Marca, we are currently trying to sign the Argentine defensive midfielder Fernando Gago from Real Madrid. Gago, 23, wants out as he has lost regular playing time under new manager Manuel Pelligrini, who has preferred Xabi Alonso, Lass Diarra, and Esteban Granero at center/defensive midfield. Real also has Mahamadou Diarra at defensive mid, so Gago`s lack of playing time is not necessarily an indictment of his abilities. However, it remains unclear where he would fit in the Manchester City setup. We already have Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, and Vincent Kompany to play where Gago would, and we just brought in Patrick Vieira. Gago is a good player and impressed at times for Real, but I would not want his addition to be at the expense of playing time for de Jong. Nevertheless Mancini was able to get the best out of defensive-minded midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Vieira when at Inter, so maybe we should defer to his judgement on Gago.

While I do not particularly want to sign him, an argument for signing Gago is that with three in the squad we might have a better chance long-term at signing one of two additional Argentines, Diego Perotti and Ángel Di María, who both play on the wings. I say long-term, because we do not need them right now, they are young, and they will not be easy transfers. Perotti would be the easier signing of the two due to Sevilla`s propensity to sell, while Di María has a 40 million euro release clause. I have watched quite a bit of Perotti with Sevilla, and he has become in less than a full season their first choice left-winger and instrumental in many of their best moments this year. If you like Tevez`s style - pace, constant energy, classy technique - you will like Perotti.

Di María will cost quite a bit more than Perotti, but his price tag is only going to go up. He plays for Benfica, but would be open to coming to England. He is in the midst of a stunning season and his penchant for the spectacular has provided ample material for highlight reels. Many of our big money bids have been for either impossible targets (Kaka, Buffon) or players past their prime (Ronaldinho). If we secured Di Maria, who will undoubtedly want to leave Benfica soon, we would have the player who could define the sport for the next generation. The video below shows a snippet of his ability.



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Writer: Warsaw Celt Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 25 2010

Time: 11:09PM

Your Comments

Is there anyone you lot arent going to sign? Surely we might be able to loan 1 of your 48 strikers since Fat Sam wants to sell Benni McCarthy!
sasman
I actually tried to say we don't need him and that I don't want to sign him.
americancitynut
Benfica are interested in Robinho...?
fifthcolumnblue
haha, sasman. We're having to play Benjani up front every game and you think we have strikers to spare? Not to mention that we've been linked to about 30 players this window and only signed one. Gago would probably be a good signing, but personally I think this is some more Marca nonsense.
Falastur
Wow sasman, you need to watch our matches. Falastur said it all but we have had NO ONE of quality up front besides Tevez lately with Crocky injured and Adebayor away. Benjani is barely a Premier League level player and we have Bojinov/Caicedo/Jo out on loan, while our best academy striker David Ball is injured.
StuMCFC
would be a nice addition to the squad if its true
bluemooner_mcfc
bit of tongue in cheek stuMCFC, ease up mate, good to c falastur took it as intended.....dont forget bellers and robinho! both can play up front, as for good ol roque....cheers for the 15 mill :D
sasman
Ive never been found of gago, hes a poor mans redondo or guti. He isnt quick, box2box or combative. Though hes a good-ish ball player who plays deep, english premierleague isnt awash of deep laying playmakers. Apart from alonso at liverpool. But gago isnt in the same class and i think he will struggle with the pace of the game. BUT if Mancini thinks he can rejuvenate his career at city, gago could control/direct the tempo of the game like no other midefielder in the city squad, il put faith in mancini hands. Ive been impressed with the great man so far.
Super City Slicker
i wouldnt touch him for the 22m Real are said to want for him. 10m is a fair price, otherwise look elsewhere IMO. we dont want to end up like liverpoo with loads of rubbish squad players who never quite reach expectations.
eighthsin
Stay at RM Gago - don't want you and don't need you
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