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The countdown to kick off at White Hart Lane continues and Roberto Mancini bids to reinforce his attack. The hacks in Spain are talking up the signing of Diego Forlan...

There are rumours swirling around SportCity on Family Fun Day where the squad will train at Eastlands before the Manchester public free of charge, that Mario Balotelli's agent is in danger of talking the brilliant young striker out of a deal to play in England over wage demands.

Mundo Deportivo in Spain reports that Mancio and the City hierarchy are growing tired of the pursuit of Super Mario and are considering a move for up front experience in the shape of World Cup sensation and erstwhile rag Diego Forlan.

The shark eyed focus with which he almost single handedly carried Uruguay's campaign in South Africa saw him win the tournaments Golden Ball, such was his impact. Some of his inspirational football lit up many times what was predominantly a dreary tournament in this correspondents eyes.

Footy on the continent has often been bemused that Forlan has never played for the giant likes of Barçelona or Real Madrid. If anything, Atletico have done well to keep him.

Forlan signed on at the swamp in 2002 for £7,500,000 from Independiente in the days when united bossed the transfer market almost unopposed. During his 2.5 years on the Manchester outskirts he made 37 league and cup starts and scored 17 goals, but was considered something of a failure with Taggart contented to almost permanently bench him. What's clear is that he didn't settle in England and he moved on to Spain, becoming a sensation at Villareal and Atletico, where his brace earlier this year secured the Europa League Trophy over Fulham.

Now 31, Forlan is a widely reknowned, experienced campaigner who could compliment City's strike force with a box of tricks that very often delivers the unexpected.

Mancio would do well to steam in and bag Forlan while nobody else is looking, or indeed, can afford to. Atletico, by numerous accounts, could use the cash.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 6 2010

Time: 11:32AM

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Are you honestly hoping to spend over the odds for a 31 year old striker who is awful in the PL? I've heard Kai Rooney has just kicked his first football, for only £25million he could prove a real asset for you this year...
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06/08/2010 11:44:00

Well Bellers has been a revelation after a similar signing fee, age and wrecked knees! Now then, repeated World Cup flop Potato Head's kids is called Kai, is he?
Johnny Baguette
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06/08/2010 11:58:00

There is a real dearth of striking talent around World football at the moment as the World Cup proved as it was the oldies that did best eg Forlan, Klose and Rooney (only joking)
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06/08/2010 12:01:00

Sure why not just buy Romario for £15m?
Vanilla Ice
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06/08/2010 12:24:00

lol get Klose then....speaking of experienced strikers... what of Heskey? i'd take Heskey over rooney lol
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06/08/2010 12:29:00

There's Big Ron too vanilla Ice
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06/08/2010 12:29:00

Hi maka4chelsea - how are you? Have you got your prize yet? Lets hope City and Chelsea are slugging it out at the end of the season - us rich boys have to lord it over the poor teams ......... and don't they just like it ?
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06/08/2010 12:34:00

To old and has already proved he cant do it in the prem!
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06/08/2010 12:50:00

2 problems with Forlan: 1) He's said he does not want a return to the premierleague. 2) He's hardly one for the future at 31 years of age. I'd much prefer we invest in a younger player that can be developed and become worl class rather than one that'll play a year and then retire
Blue ponderer
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06/08/2010 13:05:00

Kin ell, why not get the Goat back! Whats happened with the Dzeko interest? Forlans knees would sieze up with the weather over here.
Uwe and whos army
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06/08/2010 13:20:00

Forlan should stay in Spain. He's already said he doesn't want to leave, so why make the team sell him when he doesn't want to go. If he was excited to come and wanted to play, great, go for it, but since he is reluctant, then leave it alone.
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06/08/2010 13:39:00

I'm great thanks Wswilly... lol lets hope so. As for Forlan. He's super talented and the last time he came... u have to remember he was 22 and United had an impressive strike lineup. He's matured now and he plays awesomely with a good strike partner. He and Tevez could Rain in the goals and help you to a good league finish. Plus there's the added bonus of BPL experience. And age doesn't matter... fitness does. I think that if Drogba can score 37 in 40 at 32 and Ballack can play almost 50 games at 34 .... Forlan at 31 having just won the golden ball is hardly an age issue
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06/08/2010 15:41:00

Spot on, maka. There's a theory knocking about Stretford (backed up by that physique when the shirt came off at the WC) that Rooney is not looking after himself and bordering on the Mick Quinnesque. Him maintaining the top level through until Forlan's age has got to be in question. That should goad a few rags.
Johnny Baguette
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06/08/2010 18:35:00

what, JB? Are you seriously implying that that Shrek has added a few pounds? what with the urinating in public and smoking, NOW he's become the 'Fat Controller'' Of the Swamp..... Mr Taggart will definately blow a fuse......
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06/08/2010 20:27:00

Interesting points maka4chelsea but £20million for a 31 year old means little transfer pay back. I don't see it happening myself - hope you beat the Rags tomorrow.
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06/08/2010 22:49:00

the resale value becomes a moot point for 30+ players... i prefer to look at it in terms of potential Winnings. If he wins you suppose the Europa League with possibly a starring role... i think that's well above 50mil as prize money... However with you guys thats still a loss lol... nonetheless initial heavy spending comes good when you get the right mix together. When the right players form the spine of the team... heavy spending will cease and trophies will begin to come... If done successfully... Spending big now may see a profit in the next 5 years
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06/08/2010 23:15:00

Much as I'd ove to see the faces of the rag fans as we take yet another player that flopped under the autocratic taggart and use him properly (Yes, I am talking about Carlitos), I can't see this one happening. Sure he could do a job for us and now he's matured I don't think Forlan would have any trouble with the EPL; it's just that Mancini prefers younger players as he feels they can learn his methods much more easily than the oldies. Interestingly, I read an interview with Forlan recently where he stated that he hadn't totally ruled out a move back to England.
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07/08/2010 00:26:00

fantastic player
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07/08/2010 03:12:00


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