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City not finished in the transfer market?

25 August 2010

Roberto Mancini’s insistence that City are done buying for the summer might be a smokescreen after all. Ever since Barcelona signed David Villa, I’ve been watching to see what will happen with Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Despite claims from the player and his agent that he intends to stay at the Camp Nou, it’s hard to imagine him remaining there. There’s no conceivable way he’ll get into the starting XI with Villa there. And with the club already being forced to take out an emergency €155m loan to pay wages last month, surely they’re looking to offload his contract.

While Mancini has expressed an admiration for the player, the major obstacle in the past had been comments from the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, to the effect that he wasn’t interested in a move to Manchester City. Then the stance softened a bit, with the player himself saying he would like to play in England one day. And then we had the rather spurious tabloid claim in The Sun of City’s willingness to pay Ibrahimović silly money. £500k a week? They’re having a laugh.

Now come reports of a bust-up between Ibrahimović and his manager, Pep Guardiola. This morning, Raiola is being quoted as listing City as one of three potential destinations for his client. At today’s press conference, Mancini still was sticking to the line about the club not signing any more players this summer, but now I’m really not sure I buy that.

Robinho’s surprising rejection yesterday of a move to Turkey might make a lot more sense if Barcelona suddenly is an option for him, in a player-plus-cash deal for Ibrahimovic. Also, Emmanuel Adebayor’s out-of-the-blue talk of a move to Italy suddenly isn’t so shocking if Ibra is indeed on his way. The strange part of this is all the minutes being given to Jô, both on the summer preseason matches and during the season so far, though perhaps he’s being put in the shop window.

I’ve long been an admirer of Ibrahimović. I think he’s woefully underrated by the English media and fans based on a handful of lackluster Champions League performances they have seen. I’ve watched him over the years at Inter Milan and Barcelona, and aside from a bizarre slump the second half of last season when he appeared to lose his confidence, he is class.

He’s big and strong and I think he would change an awful lot of English opinions about him if he were to move to Eastlands. Plus he would be a much-needed target man in the box for City on the occasions when the build-up play isn’t working. I’d love to see him in sky blue, and this is one deal I hope to see completed.

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  1. 25 August 2010 7.27pm


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