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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
Date:Friday June 29 2007
Time: 3:05PM

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and then you woke up.
Jacky B
29/06/2007 15:57:00
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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
29/06/2007 15:59:00
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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
29/06/2007 16:08:00
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Juninho, I fear he has had his day anyway. What about this young Dutch fellow-me-lad Schnieder?
greyhound
29/06/2007 16:47:00
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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
29/06/2007 18:44:00
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Keep 'em coming lads! Even without a takeover some of these recommendations could be realised. No doubt
Johnny Baguette
29/06/2007 19:14:00
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.....(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
29/06/2007 19:18:00
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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
29/06/2007 22:09:00
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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
30/06/2007 07:40:00
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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
30/06/2007 09:58:00
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