Writer: Lorna Silva
Date:Sunday April 28 2013
VMC's Lorna takes her regular look at the state of City's squad and where the axe is being sharpened or where the space for an array of multi-coloured boots is being prepared...
Manchester City are this weekend reportedly readying a bid to prise 27 year old Lazio midfielder Hernanes away from the Stadio Olimpico, to the Etihad Stadium, during the summer transfer window in an effort to boost The Blues midfield.
According to TalkSport/ drivel, City are prepared to start the bidding with an offer of £15.5 million for the Brazilian international in good time for the start of next season in line with other cunning plans. Lazio claim the player is worth more, in the region of the £20 million mark, so The Citizens would have to up the offer, yet with one eye on FFP rulings, we do always have the option of a swap, for whom, I don't know, but I get a feeling it could well be John Guidetti who could be swapped in an effort to bring in players this summer...this rumour is worth keeping an eye on. One downside to this deal is that it may well spell the end for Samir Nasri (who has been linked with PSG) as a player like Hernanes would clearly take his place in the squad. Yet given the style and flair of Nasri in the last three matches, it would be a shame to lose him...but this is football...
We need a good stash of midfield players seeing as our rivals United are planning on bringing over the next 'Kaka' in an effort to boost their midfield!!!
More funds, all contributions welcome, will be made available to us to purchase players when we off-load the likes of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz, currently on loan to Malaga when he goes over to Botafogo. Crocky came to us in 2009, when he was obsessively purchased while badly injured during the reign of Mark Hughes, and as we all know Mancini took a a few looks and Santa Cruz was subsequently loaned out. Let's hope he will be happy at Botafogo. We wish him all the best.
Looking further at the existing City squad: Possible/ nailed on departures include the likes of Edin Dzeko, Scott Sinclair, Wayne Bridge, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, and possibly...Carlos Tevez.
Up front, Sergio Aguero will be safe in any clear out (unless of course he chooses to go himself) as he is undoubtedly our finest forward. Out of Dzeko and Tevez; Dzeko is the obvious first choice to go, probably to Dortmund as he has never really settled into a starting place for City since joining us from Wolfsburg. Looking at his performances of late he seems to have lost his sprit and the 'go get em' factor. It seems as though we have reached the end of the line with him. Again, Edin, if you do go we wish you well. It is a shame we never got the best out of him but maybe a club like Dortmund could. As for Tevez, on this season's form alone, not many of us would like to see him go but as he has has said he wants to ultimately move on to Boca Rangers, this could make for another vacancy up front.
Scott Sinclair was a Brian Marwood mystery purchase from the word go but obviously Roberto Mancini has his reasons for his lack of opportunities. Sinclair has barely featured this season and I don't really see a future for him next season, BUT on the off chance Mancio elects to keep him he will need to ensure he plays him more often because I am sure that Sinclair can be a success.
Nasri as I mentioned earlier has improved in the last few games but the trouble with Le Petit Prince de Marseille is his lack of consistency, which is something you just gotta have. He has caused a great deal of frustration, which is something we don't need.
Gareth Barry at 32 years old is nearing the end of his career and may elect to go. I know a lot of people rate his performance and yes don't get me wrong, he has been good for us, of late he has slipped up and his slips have cost us one way or another. We don't have time next season for any costly mistakes.
At the back, we will definitely need to stock up big style this summer as Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure are linked with moves away. The full back areas look good though, especially now Micah Richards has arrived back on the scene. We could have Richards on one side and Pablo Zabaleta on the other...rocking! I hope the injury plagued Maicon doesn't go because I do think when he gets back into the swing of things he will be hot (and according to reports over the last couple of days he is adamant that he is not going anywhere). Hang on in there Maicon.
Arguably City has the best squad in the Premier League. I accept it might not seem that way now ze have lost the title. One person to lay the blame upon is of course Mancini. I don't believe he has used his resources wisely enough. But the players themselves cannot get away scot-free from any blame as the finger is also being pointed at you. You are either in it to win it or you are not guys. If you are not then, the door is on the left!
According to more relentless rumour peddling from hacks and pundits alike, it remains unclear as to whether Mancio himself will go this summer. I very much doubt it...Forza Mancini! But I guess one can never say never these days! All I know is we have to remould and rebuild this squad and get back in the title winning saddle.
There are so many reports of late regarding household names like Falcao, Cavani, Isco, Gotze, Gomez and Lewandowski. United seem to want to snatch all the best players for themselves according to Mr. Gill, lest we forget Bayern Munich's spending! The gauntlet has been thrown down and battle is to be recommenced for the most superior of players to join the City squad. Let's hope we do not flounder in the buying market like we did by resting on our laurels last summer.
all times East Manchester
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Tu 07 May 19h45 West Brom, The Etihad, PL
Sa 11 May 17h15 Wigan Athletic, Wembley, FACF
Tu 14 May 20h00 Reading, Madejski Stadium, PL
Su 19 May 16h00 Norwich City, The Etihad, PL
Date:Sunday April 28 2013
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