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Sven makes it Three!!

The official website,, have announced City's third signing of the day.

Brazilian midfielder has signed for the blues for a fee of £8 milion.

Elano joins City from Ukranian side Shakthar Donetsk in a four year deal.

Elano has scored 47 goals in 180 career appearances for Shakthar and Santos and has also scored two goals for the Brazilian national side in 15 appearances.

Following the third signing of the morning, City Chief Executive, Alistair Mackintosh told 'This morning has proved to be an immensely productive one, the outcome of which is the acquisition of three top quality players for Manchester City Football Club.

'This has been achieved as a result of some tremendous team work and I would like to praise everyone involved for their efforts. I would particularly like to thank Dr Thaksin, without whom today's signings would not have been possible.'

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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 2 2007

Time: 12:48PM

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All fantastic signings without paying the silly money being asked for mediocre English players. I say keep bringing in the foreigners it has done no harm to the likes of Chelski, The Gooners, Liverpool, Pompey and The Rags
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02/08/2007 13:22:00

p.s. It's about time the Ribbon at the top of the page was changed !!!
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02/08/2007 13:35:00

Alphieblues. I agree with you about these signings, good balance, Svennis has had to assess the team quickly and they have identified the targets and gone about getting them signed without alerting other clubs and leaving the press with fingers stuck up their backsides. They were taking the urine, about the number of subs yesterday against Shrewsbury. How his he to know what he has got unless he sees them play. I did not expect three in one day, trying to pick a team is going to be fun.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/08/2007 13:52:00

We need to retain/develop a british/irish core. Key players and leaders in the side have to understand the style of play, tempo, aggression and commitment expected in this country. Agreed on the web.
Craig Cain
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02/08/2007 14:36:00

Well CRAIG we can forget English/Irish/British players we want and have got players with both flair and experience at either Champions League/International level and that will do for me especially when we qualify for Europe, rather than the kick and run shown by most of the British players.
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02/08/2007 14:45:00

ALPHIEBLUES: Unnessarily disparaging to players from these shores. There's no template of sustained success from a bunch of hastily welded imports.
Craig Cain
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02/08/2007 17:31:00

I think Wenger, Mourinho and Benitez would disagree with you.
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02/08/2007 17:38:00

CC, if they had been in their late twenties early thirties I might have agreed with you, but all these are the opposite, all looking to make a name for themselves in the best league in the world. It was obvious last season that we needed a major overhaul and time will tell, which of our players from SP's reign will survive and those which will need to seek another club. I would agree with you that you cannot play all your new players at once, some will bed in faster than others and need to get the pace of the premier. As I said previously I could not pick a team at the moment, I would now like another Keeper,Carson if possible and a left sided CB. Try and pick a team now, which players from last season would be first on your team sheet apart from Dunne & Richards, the other possibles would include Ball(suspended) Johnson Ireland and Impenza, you look at Corradi in the friendlies (does he look the same player as last season). i just do not know.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/08/2007 18:30:00

if u think about it r we seriously going to habg onto both Corrafi and Samaras do u not think we shud get rid of one of them if so which one
dunne deal
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03/08/2007 10:18:00

DD out of the two, Corradi looks the better of the two in the warm up games, I personally would keep both and lose Vassell and Dickov, with a heavy heart, both been good servants to the club. I would just like to see if Svennis could improve Samaras and breathe new confidence into Corradi, who is a great finisher. I am a great believer in players who are happy play better, the atmosphere at COMS will be buzzing and this will get to the players and they will perform a lot better than last season.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/08/2007 13:02:00

i suppose ur rite if u do look at things dickov and vassel r two old lads who did have great seasons for us and we need to start bringin in a young side now
dunne deal
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03/08/2007 20:19:00

dd no argument with that, but when you have good players around you on the pitch it makes you play better, i personally do not think that Dickov will take much part, but if we have injuries through the squad we have replacements in all positions. we will see a week today, if Svennis is brave enogh to put in all his buys at once or introduce them gradually, whatever the outcome i am looking for more goals than last season and a top half finish with good cup runs, especially if the so called top four play weaker sides in the early rounds of the cup.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/08/2007 12:24:00

well the result against lazio didn go too well now now another defeat at home thank god it was only a friendly seriously we better not have the same problem at home like we did last year that was dreadful last year.
dunne deal
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04/08/2007 20:02:00

DD, we played players who had only signed this week, and for a team to do that and play as well as valencia, creating more chances and the passing at times was below par, but at other times, brilliant. hit the bar twice and missed two sitters. we had a stand in goalie, who made a fine save and it was only poor defending that allowed the valencia guy to followup and score, but apart from that I cannot remember Schmikes having a great deal to do. He kicks the ball a mile and definately one to keep hold of. We missed a right winger and we played 4 5 1 which was a little disappointing, but Petrov linked well with Garrido and after being too greedy at times then started to put in crosses which were of top class. Still need a centre back left sided, Dunnie did well but it is a weakness which needs plugging.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/08/2007 15:02:00

thats something i didnt get eithe BL y did he play a 4-5-1 formation we have enough strikers
dunne deal
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07/08/2007 12:03:00


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