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Signings On The Way To City

Now that the novelty of the cup has passed, its on to more important issues for Roberto Mancini and the Sky Blues.

Apart from the arrival of Potless Pompey(and I do sympathize) on Sunday we have the time to concentrate on strengthening the playing staff.

Whether you agree with it or not, Robinho is on the verge of signing a six month loan deal with Brazilian club Santos and has already made noises that he doesn't want to return.

I'm a big fan of Robinho's prodigious talents, I just wish he could pull them out of his backside and use them more often.

Add that to the fact that the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz has more heart than the ultra laid-back Robbie and you have a player that we will not miss one bit in this frame of mind.

Come to think of it, both Jo and Elano have the same languid attitude and we know what happened to them. Brazilians have not exactly lit up the Premier League over the years bar a Juninho or Gilberto Silva.

Roberto Mancini has come in with his own philosophies and players in mind and has been linked with a raft of Seria A players. Now I'm no expert,but Italians haven't exactly been raging successes in England over the years either.

Paulo Di Canio, Vialli and Zola come to mind, but too many others like Maccarone, Corradi and Bianchi (shudders) have failed to adapt to the rigours of our league.

Northern Europeans and Argentinians such as Kompany, Tevez, De Jong and Zabaleta all seemed to ave acclimatised much easier to the passionate hstle and busytle of the Premier League and if you believed all the papers you would be slightly worried.

Of course Mancini has already pulled off a masterstroke by bringing in the supremely experienced leader that is Patrick Viera to the club and when he comes back his qualities will be invaluable to the team (he might have made a difference last night).

Amongst the Seria A and a Liga names mentioned are Gago of Real Madrid and Motta of Roma. I can't confess to know much about the latter, Gago has always flattered to deceive when I've watched him strolling around the park for both club and country.

Madrid reportedly turned down City's thirteen million pound bid and want another four million for the Argentinian's signature.

The unhappy twenty three year old's agent, Marcelo Lombilla, said:

'We want to speak again with (Real director general) Jorge Valdano and perhaps then the situation will change.'

Gago, who is also wanted on loan by Boca Juniors himself said:

'I want to play and that has become impossible at Real.'

Two players continually mentioned and sure to suit the Premiership would be Chellini from Juventus and Cassano, the Bellamy of Italian football. The latter could be our Di Canio and creative spark and Chellini is the best defender in Italy at the moment and plays on the left.

For me Bayern's Ribery would be a great signing and would look great in an attack of Bellamy and Tevez away from home. The claims that he is a lazy player are ill-founded and he certainly has the skill and winning mentality to go with his desire.

The fact that he is injured could be a blessing in disguise, as normally world class players don't move in the January transfer window.

More likely however would be the signing of Borough's England U21 winger Adam Johnson who for me is a more complete player than Moses of Palace, our other Championship target.

I've seen him quite a bit for club and country and looks a very good prospect, although Bolton's midfielder Muamba often looks the best player on the park at U21 level.

One things for sure, and thats come Sunday night we'll know how good the manager is in the transfer market during what is traditionally a difficult time to get quality trouble-free players in.

Players we should get in:


Players we are likely to sign


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Writer: GloucBlade Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 29 2010

Time: 10:27AM

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Motta and Johnson maybe, lining towards yes, but Cassano you're not gonna get cause Sampdoria need him toget them out of trouble. Gago you can get but only if you cough up the money, which you have in tones,so all in all I see 2-3 players coming in...By the way, just to be sure, how many 1 team players do you have in the moment??? You might need to sell some...
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29/01/2010 10:43:00

I hope Johnson joins Sunderland as we are desperate for a wide man and he is a Sunderland lad but money talks unfortunately!
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29/01/2010 10:55:00

Vangogo by one team players do you mean 'one man team' as in Rooney at United? Players who carry a whole team through a bad period? If you do then I'd have to say none as the number of different goal scorers and star performers this term can testify to.
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29/01/2010 10:56:00

Gaz is he related? Anyway why don't you take Benjani and give us Kenwyn Jones! What's your opinion of him- Jones that is?
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29/01/2010 10:58:00

Ribery was fantastic last season, saw him a few times, but he is proving more and more injury-prone - IIRC he's been out for over 100 days with patella and toe issues. I don't think he's got a lot of time left at his peak, if he ever gets back to it.
J i m s t e r
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29/01/2010 10:58:00

Brazilians are obviously a unique phenomenon. In teams of Brazilians and with the Brazilian international side they play as one and are a major force in world football obviously. As individuals or small groups in teams though, they are pretty poor to say the least, especially in the Premier League. They remind me of ants, working excellently well in their own group or nest but lost when taken out of that environment. I think Brazilian players could learn a great deal from the Argentineans they are South American too obviously, but have the additional talent of being able to make the change from one style of football to another and even bring something to the game in countries they ply their talents. The good signings will come if and when we get into the Champions League that's really why most of the media are blocking our way as much as possible. They know a massive door will open to City once we get there. Money talks and the recognised top 4 clubs donít want to be left out of the conversation for obvious reasons. Most of our past signings are hard to judge in truth. How will some of them fair with the CL competition? Do some of them need even better players around them to make the next level? There are so many variables itís hard to really know how to spend money wisely in the pursuit of players. There could be a lot of wasted money if these, what I would call intermediate signings, donít cut the mustard if and when we reach the top table. City at the moment are driving a medium sized truck, capable but with shortcomings, it can do the job and can be modified to perform a little better but one day when we are in the big league we will need something much more capable. The real issue even with having money is to make money on your old vehicle without too much loss, but then making a prudent improvement in your vehicle without a major waste of funds. Even that bigger vehicle may need modification after all. We are a business as well after all and we have to think smart and play the team building game as well as other top teams. There is a lot more that could be said on this subject, for me, I just hope that the back room team can apply the required approach and invest wisely in players with the full credentials. Ones that can make the journey with the club in future. Wasting millions, however much you have, is not an option.
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29/01/2010 11:40:00

Sunderland in talks with Benjani....
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29/01/2010 12:27:00

Interesting analogy Blue Heart but I'd like to think that we are a massive solid steel plated juggernaut month by month gaining more momentum. When we do hit the required speed we will be more than ready to punch through the flimsy barricades that have been set up by the jealous media and outdated Maginot Line that the allied big four have erected around themselves. In terms of the shortcomings of the truck, well I'd hope that the change of driver was the next step as we will now begin to see a fifth gear with Mancini at the wheel.
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29/01/2010 13:15:00

We can but hope Gaz what do you think of Jones? Will he go to Liverpool and is he good enough and consistent enough for a Champions League side.
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29/01/2010 13:17:00

if beji goes i wish him the best because he aint the best player in the world but he gives 100% every time he plays.
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29/01/2010 17:34:00

Agree with jimster on Ribery- far too injury prone for City to spend so much money on. People are already having a go at Roque for his injuries - regardless of his talent. Johnson would be a great buy for City but I am non plussed about the others.
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