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Transfer Spotlight On France

It's the last weekend of the Championnat in France and already clubs are beginning to prepare their manoeuvres in the transfer market. It's a similar case in England where some of our rivals are already strengthening their squads.

We of course remain in a takeover trance limbo. A takeover may or may not take place and nobody can say right now what funds will be available for the management team that MCFC can afford to bring in. However, ignoring the fact that our scouting 'system' is nothing short of non existant save for the alledged agents software that brought us Djamel Abdoun it's worth taking a look at the talent coming through in France from a league that has fed the Premiership so very well in recent years.

High profile Ligue 1 departures this summer could well be led by the tenacious Franck Ribery of Champions League qualifiers Marseille. A dead cert target for Europe's big guns. Meanwhile the increasingly well regarded Samir Nasri, once linked with City is likely to stay on at l'OM for the time being while the expensive Djibril Cisse's injury record will again come in for scrutiny should Marseille fail to keep him and Liverpool decide to offload.

Gerard Houllier's decision to step down for a break from six times consecutive Champions Lyon could signal a clear out of sorts as l'OL prepares for a new future and a new stadium. Certain key players could be unsettled and looking for new challenges. Malouda, Abidal, Juninho and Coupet are all class acts and would grace any Premiership side.

One lad who has certainly caught the eye this season is Saint Etienne's playmaker Pascal Feindouno regarded as 'l'artiste' of Les Verts. The Guinee born international is already being courted by numerous clubs across Europe and we could well expect to see him appearing at Eastlands next season. Resplendant in a dazzling new Le Coq Sportif shirt would be handy.

Another noteable if slightly lower profile opportunity worth considering is Karim Ziani, cup winners Sochaux's Algerian international midfielder.

A potential replacement for the Champions League bound Sylvain Distin could be Nancy's Senegalese central defender Pape Diakhate. A rock in Nancy's defence this season.

Each and everyone of these players and others throughout Europe would of course strengthen our Manchester City squad. It is now a question of us keeping an eye on the clock because we need to be making some moves sooner rather than later. A new manager requires time to get his feet under the table, assemble his backroom team, familiarise himself with the squad and then begin to rebuild. How quickly this can be done remains to be seen. Anything can happen in the next week or so and probably will!




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 26 2007

Time: 5:13AM

Your Comments

Or it could be the case of the last two weeks....another long yawn...
alphieblues
p.s. What chance Houlier coming to Eastlands ???
alphieblues
A mate of mine stayed in the same hotel as Lyon in Monaco where they played last weekend, Alphie. Said Houllier looked Christmas crackered. Could be he really is in search of a break from it all after all his success. We can still only speculate who a takeover boss or non takeover boss would be. Svennis has certainly let it be known he's around but I can't begin to imagine the size of truck required to transport his wages home!
Johnny Baguette
It doesn't really matter who you get,he wont do F-all.
SweetLeftFoot
The Brazilian Juninho has decided to stay at Lyon. Meanhwile, interesting to see that PSG's Pauleta has finished top scorer in Ligue 1 yet again. How we could have used his goals. Pauleta-gate was where the MCFC rot set in IMHO. The deal was set up with Bordeaux for him to come to City. Yet Mad Kev went all out for Robbie Fowler. This coincided with us losing David Bernstein.
Johnny Baguette
 

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