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Bianchi Arrivederci

Breaking news from Italy. Rolando Bianchio is reported to have signed for Lazio in Rome this afternoon...

The deal is understood to be permanent, with City being paid in instalments over three years. The total fee is not yet confirmed.

Bianchi has had fantastic support from the City faithful but has not been able to secure a regular place in the starting line up.

His departure now leaves a glaring hole in an already weakened strike force and Svennis must now move swiftly to reinforce our frontline inside 8 days.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 23 2008

Time: 3:34PM

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I wonder if we lost money on this one JB
Buzz Lightyear
Just got info from L,Unione Sarda website. They say the deal is worth "near 12 million euros" to City which by my calculator is roughly what we paid for him.
Johnny Baguette
Then it is a good deal JB. Have you seen my Comment re this fuss about the Derby match?
Buzz Lightyear
Which thread should I follow, Buzz?
Johnny Baguette
jb latest motm awards, you just might want to write an article on this if you consider metioning it just to see what the rest think?
Buzz Lightyear
at least we have georgie boy as a replacement :-) On a serious note is that the way open for Podolski?
I am really happy for two reasons, first, We did not lose the value of the deal ( there news talking about £10M ), Second, look for another striker, And I think that if Eriksson has no intention to buy striker, did not sell Bianchi.
city 81
It's become an unneccessarily heated debate Buzz. The media are having a field day and it's a situation we have been dreading for months where City are in a no win situation because if one bellend shouts out, we'll be portrayed as villains. The fact is the fixture should have been moved at the outset in order to quell the hysteria that has steadily built up. I'm personally reluctant to give the subject much more column width as I'll most certainly risk offending someone and would draw even more attention to the silence/applause debacle and away from the football. That is an important match for us next month and we need points to continue our drive for Europe, but that fact has been already swamped by the "what will the City fans do" furore. On a personal note, the Munich dead should be remembered with respect and dignity and then the football should take centre stage. No matter what any Blue feels about this situation and how united have approached the subject down the years, we are stuck with this match and have to face it with respect and move on.
Johnny Baguette
Back to the striker debate and Sevilla's bad boy Luis Fabiano and one Gerbil Cisse continue to be linked with City. Where was Svennis today? I understand he wasn't at Carrington....
Johnny Baguette
aha, The next 48 hours may bring news from Spain or Germany, and I wish to not be from France :)
city 81
JB spot on about we have already been set as the bad boys and i agree the Supporters club should have kept out of it and let the clubs sort out the details and as for the FA again Ronin I recall you saying this before and it is quite right, they should not have scheduled this match on such a tragic day.
Buzz Lightyear
Re the Striker, I just wonder if he is relying on Bojinov to be fit. He was certainly favouring him against Bianchi when he got injured.
Buzz Lightyear
I don't think we have a chance with the german, with their coach saying that they are invvolved in the league and cups and need all four strikers, as for Cisse, well I respect SGE and his choice, but I think a lot is paper talk still and again I would rather have a winger than a striker.
Buzz Lightyear
Svennis is definitely on tour, Buzz. Expect something any day now. We have no poacher. Bojinov must not be rushed back to early, but I understand he looks dazzling in training this week. We need more options for the run in and I think we will get them. Bianchi leaves us with only Vassell and Samaras fit. Neither are prolific. I would not like to face Arsenal, the rags and Everton with that pair. Mpenza is drifting, too.
Johnny Baguette
Yes JB, it is a good point, but even Svennis said a striker takes more time to gel that other players. I also note that some papers are trying to upset Micah Richards.
Buzz Lightyear
BL, But perhaps facing the club (Munich) pressure from the player, Becouse this season the player did not play a full game .
city 81
Sports hacks have been thirsting for Sven's downfall all season with absolute frustration. They revelled in Chelskigate but that blip was corrected. So they've gone after the players. Now there is a campaign of sorts to unrest Richards. I think we've seen similar over Bianchi to be honest. Maybe these writers are members of the famous "333 Million?"
Johnny Baguette
City 81 I think thats why we were looking at him because he was not playing and quite rightly thgought that the club might want to part with the player. I think City has stirred the pot this season and they don't like it. Teams like Everton, Villa, Portsmouth and ourselves amongst others are closing the gap into this supposed closed shop and they are not happy.
Buzz Lightyear
With Bianchi now gone it might be an opportunity to give Sam Harris one last chance. He has only had 4 appearances this season two of those being in the Carling Cup scoring one goal and picking up on MOTM award. It just might be he might find his touch with the new players especially as he has a little more pace than Bianchi.
I see Sturridge got a HATTRICK tonight at Reading....ON THE BENCH ON SUNDAY ???...
Svennis may be in Reading looking at Sturridge
Buzz Lightyear
The comment from Chris bailey about Bianchi, is that Svennis is trying to plug the gao left by Rolando, and I know this might be cruel but I don't think he has created a gap. He was not the first team choice and was not the top scorer.
Buzz Lightyear
I am enthusiastic watching Sturridge, From the many time you talking about, I seen play only 20 minutes last season.
city 81
City 81, I question is can he do the same in the first team against much better defences.
Buzz Lightyear
That is the question, Because if we look to Ishmael Miller Eg, Did not do anything much when playing in Premier League, But now Provides wonderful Level in the division one .
city 81
Looks like Fabiano by all accounts.
Johnny Baguette
city 81 Like a lot of players last year in the few games he played he was shoved out on the wing whereas at WBA he is playing as a striker...that's the difference.
alphieblues I am with you, Miller not take enough time & He did not play in right place, But what Buzz Lightyear want to say that is Not measure when the player playing Lower level league to Say is a good player, Becouse the matter is different when playing in Premier League.
city 81
What chance Sven bringing in Walcott on loan ???
Interesting debates continuing lads. Good to see. Walcott certainly would be an assett. I'm still banking on Sven surprising a few people this week. Pulling off Fabiano's signature would be a coup in itself. Looking back over these past 6 months, I'd say Sven has managed what he took on shrewdly and the signings he had to make, well, they weren't all going to be winners. If he can just introduce into the team a couple of morale boosters this week, then we can take on what February brings with renewed confidence.
Johnny Baguette
I am sure Sven has got a couple of signings up his sleeve but as he says it isn't easy to bring the right sort of quality player in January, it wouldn't be the end of the world if it didn't materialise. With the likes of Bojonov, Johnson, Mpenza and Sturridge getting back to fitness we can still manage a top seven finish with what we have.
alphieblues, You are really a man who knows how to devise events before they occur, JB, I think procurement will be in the Last moments, Becouse it will decrease prices with good contracts ( Forced sale ) .
city 81
alphieblues I am talking about Walcott .
city 81
I think Sam Harris would benefit with a loan move until the end of the season. If he could get first team football with an extended run he may improve, he is always under pressure when he plays and then he tries too hard and makes errors. You have to remember that he is still very young and may yet blossom into a star (I wish).
Buzz Lightyear
Fabiano by all accounts has two owners, where have I heard this before, to me this does not sound attractive. If you also read the Reuters headline 'Fabiano reluctant to go to to Manchester City' is not the case it should read ' reluctant to leave his present club' . If we get him and he scores a bag full of goals I will hold my hands up and say I was wrong.
Buzz Lightyear
This is a strange sale, but he said he wanted to leave ages ago!
Yes indeed, Buzz. Turns out a company owns Fabiano's rights and it is they who want to move him on for their slice of the PL wages cake. Sounds a right horlicks. I'm drifting towards "bollox to all this" as well. But I still accept we are short up front and Boj and Sturridge are realistically at least two months off first team football. Mpenza starting at Sheffield for sure. Samaras has to figure.
Johnny Baguette
Well Matt_Us, there was obviously some truth in those swiftly denied Italian quotes. Much as he had superb support from City fans and the club as I understand it, I personally did not like the way he kept heading for the tunnel alone at the final whistle. I'd suggest he isn't a team player and that's the ethic this City team are clearly built upon.
Johnny Baguette
This transfer window is just not going for us. Now the UK Home Office have rejected Iraq's Nashat Akram work permit appeal to play for City. Nice bit of bridge building with Baghdad there...
Johnny Baguette
I agree JB, I just wonder if it was the rags applying what the answer would have been then. To have an Iraqi player in the premier would have seen as a bonding, now this may have the reverse affect in Iraq. Perhaps City 81 could tell us if thier is any adverse comments regarding the Home Office rejection for a work permit.
Buzz Lightyear
BL, No comment, But I really Surprised is not getting a work permit, and the reason for rejection vague !!
city 81

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