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These Things Take Time?

Here we go then, Blues. Time is increasingly tight. There are now 42 days until Manchester City take the field at Upton Park.

There is a strong possibility that once Frank Shinawatra realises 75% ownership of the club and the new manager is officially confirmed, then for City, a previously unprecedented amount of squad rebuilding could take place throughout July.

According to a wide variety of sources, Sven Goran-Eriksson is the City manager elect and it is rumoured that he has already started to plan for the new season.

So bring it on. An opportunity to talk football at last. If you have just browsed across this website Sven, I've drawn up a reasonable-ish list of potential and media linked transfer targets of whom I'd hope we could secure the signatures of certainly four of five with the right backing. There are also a few big wages that we could do with offloading before the squad strengthening can begin.

RELEASE/TRANSFER LIST
Didi Hamman, Paul Dickov, Ousmane Dabo and Bernardo Corradi.

GOALKEEPER
Unless City lose a 'keeper in the next few weeks I see no reason to move for any new shot stoppers as the money could be used elsewhere to urgently strengthen the squad.

DEFENCE
Daniel Van Buyten, Bayern Munich
- Impressed many of us except for the management team and the City board during his all too brief time at Eastlands. Has since become Bayern's captain and a Champions League regular.

Mario Yepes, Paris St Germain
- PSG's experienced Colombian skipper and alledgedly the best paid player in Ligue 1.

MIDFIELD/WINGERS
Samir Nasri, Olympique Marseille
- Creative midfielder once touted for a loan move to City. Destined for big things having now broken through into the French senior side.

Shunsuke Nakamura, Glasgow Celtic
- The Scottish PFA Player of the year with dynamite in his boots. Deadlier set pieces than a Joey Barton right hook. Alledgedly.

Ludovic Giuly, Barcelona
- Heavily linked with a return to Monaco, but would have the ability to create a Berkovic/Benarbia effect upon our squad.
His experience can unlock defences.

Gennarro Gattuso, Milan AC - We need a Barton replacement and this guy would be 110% better all round than the deluded Newcastle powder keg.

Kevin Nolan, Bolton PieTasters
- An uncompromising leader of men who's signing would certainly get the backing of the Blue Army.

Simone Perrotta - AS Roma
- Ashton born Italian international with a big engine. The type of holding player we have been missing.

Juninho, Olympique Lyon
- The Brazilian playmaker looks like committing to OL but could certainly make things happen at City.

Pascal Feindouno - Saint Etienne
- Creative midfielder who can play centre and wide right. Increasingly sought after. Would be a real asset and a crowd pleaser at MCFC.

Albert Riera, Espanyol
- Was on fire last season. Brilliant in the UEFA Cup Final. The sacked Touchline Jester could not see the potential that so many of us could.

Nigel Reo-Coker, West Ham United
- The transfer requesting former England Under 21 skipper could well be holding out for a big club move. Whether he sees City in that equation is another matter.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Chelski Bench
- A sad story all told. The move south was wrong in all directions and his advisors have already made it clear there will be no return to MCFC under SGE, even though his re-signing would lift the whole club.

ATTACK
Francesco Totti, AS Roma
- If daft money becomes available then barrel it on the 30 yr old superstar who can link midfield and attack with ease. But would he leave Rome for M11...?!

Eidur Gudjohnsen, Barcelona
- Proven striker with the Premier League experience our squad could benefit from.

Frédéric Piquionné, AS Monaco
- Former Saint Etienne target man with terrific potential who could be an ideal foil for Emile Mpenza.

Nicolas Anelka, Bolton PieTasters
- Well, the striker with one of the best goals per game records at Manchester City has been in terrific form for France but he is alledgedly getting cold feet yet again at his current club. I say no go when I consider his pre City departure bench sulk and subsequent 'need a big club' comments.

David Nugent, Preston North End
- Repeatedly linked with a move to City but looks like he will be joining Royston Vasey Keane at the Mackems.

Michael Owen, Newcastle United
-Questionable injury record would be the greatest concern for any serious outlay but he'd easily have outpaced all but Mpenza up front last season.

Blues, do you have any top transfer tips for SGE? One thing's for sure he has one hell of a job on!




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 29 2007

Time: 3:05PM

Your Comments

and then you woke up.
Jacky B
some of htose players are genuine world beaters (Gattuso, Totti, Juninho) and Nasri is one of the most talented youngsters about. Dream on
Jacky B
Cheers, Jacky! Nasri was close to signing loan papers for City just over a year ago but it never came off. A good number of these linked names are certainly signable even without the massive funding that the likes of Taggart have been splashing out. We'll see what July brings and whether this whole episode in MCFC history has been a dream or a nightmare...
Johnny Baguette
Juninho, I fear he has had his day anyway. What about this young Dutch fellow-me-lad Schnieder?
greyhound
Look no further than Leroy Lita see what he did to us last season and only 20 and could be bought for 5 million or less.
alphieblues
Keep 'em coming lads! Even without a takeover some of these recommendations could be realised. No doubt
Johnny Baguette
.....(French keyboard)....SGE is poised with his pen and a telephone to start the ball rolling. Understand the club are pressing the smaller share holders to sell up. With training restarting days away, it's a case of "Thaksin the plunge" or packing it in.
Johnny Baguette
Saw Yepes last night, good and has a left foot, Guily definately not coming, and JB would love Gatuso, but anyone can dream, he reminds me of Mike Doyle (if you're old enough to remember him) Totally agree with your assessment of Riera. Anelka brilliant on his day and a class footballer, but too many couldnt care less days and was not liked. we need harmony which brings wanting to play for each other Anelka is a loner that why he does not settle. DVB on mt team sheet everytime. Nugent just lacks something but cannot put my finger on it, maybe plays too much on wings instead of where he should be. I hope that City are not counting your list as players being connected with the club or i have lost already and will have to give another answer. I read somewhere about a swedish striker who Andersson knows well, but cannot remember his name, I think he plays for a french side, who apparently is good and wont cost a bomb.
Buzz Lightyear
Good stuff, Buzz. Re cost, that's the thing. The Totti dream aside, we really don't want to be paying over the top fees for any player if it can avoided. There's sure to be more speculation over the next few days. Anyway, the likes of the Torygraph are today keeping up the pressure on the takeover drawing attention yet again to some British unnamed "law enforcement agency" alledgedly contacting the Thai military over Thaksin's funds. Fact or spin from Thailand?In any case, is all the foreign money that pours into the Premier League as pure as the driven snow?
Johnny Baguette
ps Danny Mills. He's still on the books isn't he? In which case offload as well as long as the takeover is successful!!
Johnny Baguette
JB, I think the Thai Government are trying dirty tactics to derail this takeover, purely due to the fact that he will be the most popular person in Thailand once the takeover is complete, bearing this in mind it would be almost impossible to convict him and jail him for any alleged offences for fear of wide scale protests. The sale of repluca shirts will be big in Thailand, remember when Oasis did a tour of Japan wearing The Strip, I think we sold two million that year. I received my offer this am (postal strike) saturday and it is already signed and on its way. Should be early next week if they have got to the likes of me to sell shares. JB if you could only sign 6 players including a goalkeeper (dont think they will keep both Weaver/Isaksson. Weaver being the most likely to be released) and Joe Hart still a lot to learn. Frank did mention Goal? hence my reasoning on this.
Buzz Lightyear
Good points, Buzz. I read somewhere this week that Dudek's name was touted! Pretty sure Isaksson would turn down rumoured offers from Italy in order to play for SGE his fellow countryman too.
Johnny Baguette
'Newsflash?' Murdoch News say City have made a late bid for Torres so that'll be linked player number 45 and counting then....
Johnny Baguette
JB not one of your dead certs in the article, shame on you. I think someone has told Svennis to start the car, the waiting is nearly over.
Buzz Lightyear
Transfer rumours increasing by the day Buzz. Torres, Vieri linked and now Nasty Bellamy from Liverpool who would supposedly ask for Michael Johnson in part exchange. No thanks! All this against the creeping backdrop of the odd report questioning Frank's finances and future. A stranger time than ever to be Blue!!
Johnny Baguette
I have seenYakubu mentioned in one paper, with the comment that Torres has refused to cinsider us, but at 26 mill part of me is glad about that. With you regarding Johnson, definately has bags of talent and will one day be City captain.
Buzz Lightyear
What do you make of these Anelka alongside Yakubu stories? Got to say that I hope the new gaffer will hold onto Emile Mpenza who when fit and feeling wanted can be dynamite.
Johnny Baguette
The good thing about Mpenza is, that he is left footed and is ideal to work the left. Anekla is lazy, but I think he may work harder in a team which would have a reasonable chance getting into europe as he has done with Bolton, but then he gets itchy pants and wants to move on thinking things are better else where, when things are good just where he is. Yakubu strong guy, but not that consistent. Anelka knows how to finish, except for one on ones. We wont know for certain who he is after until he gets the job, his assistant may bring some ideas of players and Tord Grip is a good influence. It will be interesting to see if they take up any of your selections.
Buzz Lightyear
Agree buzz, i have always thought that Anelka was a lazy player too, he just doesnt have any drive or passion
Ashton Gas
Agreed, Ashton. No thanks re le sulk. I think it's just paper talk. The sports hacks are having a nightmare trying to first guess the next move at Eastlands. One thing's for sure any press conference this week will be fascinating to watch!
Johnny Baguette
Anyone know anything about Thiago Motta, apart from he is Brazilian and a midfielder?
Buzz Lightyear
I've seen him mentioned in France Football a couple of times. Get's stuck right in but has had some bad injuries.
Johnny Baguette
hell no on Dickov he is a true blue. But i do agree with the defender Van Buyten i though he was brillant with us when he was on loan. Eider Gudjohnsen should be one of r top targets i think e is a brillant striker with alot of potential along with wright philips he should be back to were he belongs
dunne deal
I just dont want our supporters to get ahead of themsleves and expect miracles first time round, Svennis should get to know his players first and then bring in where he needs to strengthen. Remember we have a few good young players and I would not want to see this sacrificed to bring in some over costly prima donna who is only here for the money (anelka) We need stability first and then we need to build on that by bringing in good coaches and establish a good scouting network like Arsenal have, so in a couple of years time we can ease them into the first team and it wont cost us a fortune each year when the gold diggers move on. That is not to say that we should not buy a good player when he comes on the market, all I am saying lets build a team properly, one that will last.
Buzz Lightyear
Been brilliant talking football and team selections at last Blues but I sense the sports hacks are starting to mass and are going to get behind that Labour MP on "moral" grounds getting right behind the military regime in Thailand. Many seem to be experts on Thai politics for a kick off. Stunning when they don't seem to directly question or consider the takeovers of other Premier League clubs and where their money came from. This issue is not going to go away and I am holding out for us getting in a gaffer, some solid signings and winning some football matches to give us some cheer.
Johnny Baguette
I noted in the MEN that fans are now starting to grumble at the 40p per share, I paid a lot more for my shares years ago, but I never expected to make money and simply bought them because I wanted to have a share in my club. In the volume of share trading yesterday it was shown that only 36000 had been traded, but if you note the times that was over about an hour, I epect a lot more to come today, when he gets control then the hoohaa will die down and we can get on with rumour and speculation and IF I was the manager mode.
Buzz Lightyear
My guess is that everything will be done and dusted in the next twenty four hours.
alphieblues
hopefully with a bit of luck we can get all this sorted anytime soon adn consitrate more on the football team
dunne deal
Well the media plucked one out the hat, Svens Spanish talks, just in case the Takeover does not happen, but he wont get paid half as much as he would at City. I was thinking of not looking at the papers for a week, but it is impossible. Any thoughts on Crouch, Benitez keeps him on the bench as does Jol with Defoe, it says a lot about players who are not your first name on the team sheet.
Buzz Lightyear
Agreed, Buzz. Crouch has the best feet on a tall man I've seen since Quinny. The Spanish thing is cause for caution but we are by now used to that this summer! Samaras meanwhile could be next for the door. Lee Bradbury at least let defences know he was around and that's saying something for the money splashed out on him. What worries me right now is that Mpenza is not being talked up enough as waiting for new attackers to join him. Anyway, after the totally ineffective performances of Dickov, Corradi and Samaras last season, any half decent striker will come across as dynamite to us!!!
Johnny Baguette
I just believe it will fall into place, Samaras has talent, he just needs a coach to point him in the right direction. Pearce I am sure one day probably about 10 years time will be a decent manager, but City was not the team to practise on. We needed an experienced manager when Keegan left and we hired Pearce on the cheap, because he could not complain that he had no money to spend. What he did buy was rubbish, over the hill or not premiership material. He continually played people out of position week in week out and that is not good for a guy learning his profession, it made Vassell, Samaras and French Tony all look bad. He bought too many right sided midfielders and got Harmann who should have been free for £400K. My point is that we should hang onto Samaras and let the new management have a look, which I am sure he will do with all the players he has at hand. There was no trade figures today, which meant that the computers were not working or they did not want us to know what the volume of shares was going through, I do not believe for one second that they were no City shares sold. I think Empenza would play well with crouch.
Buzz Lightyear
News has just broken that Sven is on his way down tonight to take charge of training tomorrow...Now all the media speculation will start on who is coming and going.... Crouch is now one of the favourites to be one of the first signings...
alphieblues
I feel a sense of relief coming on. Back to football!!??
Johnny Baguette
Where did you get that from Alphieblues? If it is true I am over the blue moon.
Buzz Lightyear
Hey BUZZ it has just been on Sky News showing Sven getting the flight to Manchester.
alphieblues
Sven must take a good look at both Samaras and Corradi before getting rid. What chance did either have of scoring goals under Pearce's obsessive defensive tactics? Even Henry and Drogba would have looked like dummies in last season's City team.
Clear Sky
Sven set for talks, he must have been told that 75% will be frankies by today, or why would he bother coming to manchester, he could have stayed at home, the future is blue again. I have supported City for many years and have seen them win everything including games at the swamp, but this is exciting times, I just hope we have it right this time.
Buzz Lightyear
If you were to put out a team today with no purchases, who woould you pick and who would be on the bench. This should be interesting!
Buzz Lightyear
Alright then. Of course, God forbid and not including the hapless SP mercenaries and the want aways who have gone public.. ISAKSSON D. MILLS ONOUHA DUNNE BALL STURRDIGE RICHARDS JOHNSON VASSELL MPENZA MILLER subs WEAVER IRELAND EVANS M.MILLS er...FAZACKERLEY?
Johnny Baguette
IZAKSSON: DUNNE,RICHARDS,BALL ONUOHA:JOHNSON,IRELAND,SUN,DABO: MPENZA, VASSELL. subs: Hart,Harmann,Samaras,Sturridge,D.Mills we definately need to sign some players!
Buzz Lightyear
bein hones it looks to me like we need a whole new midfield we have no potential in there at all like the way Barton was
dunne deal
Just seen the photos of the first training session on the official site. Looks like the squad consists of about 12 players. Okay, Onouha and Hart are coming back in a couple of days, but I didn't see the likes of McHammanaman, Dickov or Dabo...We need new recruits and fast!
Johnny Baguette
JB I think three of them were trainers, that leaves 9, have you got your boots and can you play down the left.
Buzz Lightyear
Jees, still cant get over those suggestions! Utd would have probs signing most of them players, let alone citeh
Jacky B
actually let me rephrase that i think we need a whole new team all together we haven got a squad at all we r lettin players go left right and centre with nobody there to cover for us, we aint even 100% certain if the players we r planning to sign r actually going to sign for us
dunne deal
You're having a laugh aren't you Jacky? When have the rags had problems signing any players unless Chelski were in for them?Taggart is in the process of wracking up 80 million quid spent by the rags this summer on four players so far outside of a 'keeper loan. Seems those American hedge funds have some serious resources, eh? Don't worry, City and the rest of the league will still be unable to get rid of Abramovich and Glazer's CelticRangers syndrome so your future league titles still look safe!
Johnny Baguette
honestly without them chelski and utd would be nothing in the premiership especially chelsea look at the amount of money they have spent ever since abramovich took over its unreal
dunne deal
Safe for now JB, but a few clubs notching up the till roll, look at spurs! Taggart and the chelskis dont like it when others have got money to spend, makes the premier a bit more even and more fun to watch, rather than have stretford town rammed down your throat everytime you turn on a football programme. Streford are apparently in for Tevez, but only if they can find out who owns him. Sheffield Utd were dealt a bad hand there, especially when Taggart had a go at Southgate for not playing one player against us and said it was unfair on the other teams and had the cheek to put out a weakened side himself against the hammer on the most critical day of the season.
Buzz Lightyear
No Johhny, You are havin a laugh thinking you Can sign Gattuso, Totti, Juninho. Please wake up.
Jacky B
bein honest i think this money take over is gettin to some of r heads, cos we keep thinking we can sign everyone lads if ya think about it players r going to wanna sign for teams that r in europe next season were not even in the inter toto cup
dunne deal
some sense at last Dunne deal. You can get a few big players just by waving a few quid under their nose, but most players worth their salt, will look at there career opportunities. City, at the moment, are not a good choice
Jacky B
Jacky B, the article was based on a "a reasonable-ish list of potential and media linked transfer targets of whom I'd hope we could secure the signatures of certainly four of five with the right backing." Not a kid in a sweetshop gone daft wish list, more a reaction to relentless media speculation over certain players with the addition of some realistic possibilities. Every day new players are linked with MCFC. I certainly didn't forsee a stupid money bid rumour for Torres. There's another one I missed. Knackers.
Johnny Baguette
When Chelski hit the jackpot,top players signed for them and I think they were not in Europe. The difference was the paid daft money. If City got into Europe at the first attempt (unlikely I know) then the list that JB has compiled very much comes into play. Dont want to pay £8 mill for yakubu too much.
Buzz Lightyear
Good grief. Where are these rumours and links comin from? The 3 players i mentioned in my last post are worse than Kid in a sweet shop gone daft.
Jacky B
Buzz, Chelsea were in the Champions league. That counts doesn't it? lol And they'd already had the likes of Gullit, Vialli and Zola playing for them. The biggest name you've had in recent years was Anelka and he soon scarpered
Jacky B
bein honest i dnt rate Yakuba BL but honestly at the way things r going at the moment we wnt have enough players for next season
dunne deal
Have you seen the money the rags are dishing out again? Tevez deal heading for 40 million quid. I agree with the MUST, I don't understand it. They are £660million in debt plus interest even after the 2006 refinancing and still able to compete with Chelski. No wonder their ticket prices have gone up 14%.
Johnny Baguette
I just feel sorry for Sheffield united, Tevez obviously is not owned by West Ham, they should have been docked points and relegated. Tevez looked good, but he was in a very poor side. Had a look at both swedish strikers on youtube Christian Wilhelmsson, and Elmander, would like both of them. Still have butterflies, I like the way Svennis is taking his time and getting his backroom staff together, so they can all assess the players and it must take time to get transfers in. A lot different from transfers in my younger day when the player turned up they agreed wages and the players sign there and then.
Buzz Lightyear
Having watched Wilhelmsson at Roma last year I have to say any clips on Youtube would have been overwhelmed with all the miles of flim on the cutting room floor that showed him floating through games. He's got class, but it doesn't always show up when the games get a little hard/nasty. Tevez no matter where he goes is pure class. Have seen all the Copa games he's figured in and he passes, makes timely runs and can finish (and dive at times) with the best of them. If he goes to the dark side that would be horrible, he's hitting his stride.
BlueCanadian
No rumours yet regarding a defender or midfielder, but not worried, all the other appear to be buying unknown properties. Ball was the first signing, hopefully Rolly Bianchi will be the second and 18 goals in serie A, just lets hope he can repeat that. Anyone any ideas that svennis might get at the back and middle?
Buzz Lightyear
Central Defender Papa Diakhate senegal international currently at Nancy. mentioned an apparently we have been outbid for Richardson from the rags by sunderland. still want wilhelmsson, but things appear to be rolling.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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