Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tevez dominates City conversation

The Carlos Tevez saga continues to overshadow all potential transfer dealings of Manchester City in the transfer window. City have rejected a loan offer from Milan for the want away striker while there are rumors that Spurs might make an audacious bid for the Argentinian.

The issue of course is not the size of the transfer fee; Tottenham can afford that, but rather Tevez’s wage packet, which would break the salary structure at White Hart Lane. Would City sell to another Premier League club and would Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric accept a vastly disproportionate wage earner on their club? Those are two questions that would have to be answered.

Meanwhile the soccer betting tips are connecting City with numerous players, very few of whom will make sense, a bi-product of having enough money to purchase any player that the club wish. Players such as Eden Hazard and Alessio Cerci continue to be linked, the latter not least because Roberto Mancini has spoken of his interest in the Fiorentina winger. Mancini has also praise Daniele De Rossi as the Roma midfielder comes to the end of his contract. Should City pry the Italian international away on a pre contract it will signify a shift in City’s ability to attract top talent from just a pure financial deal to one based around trophy opportunities.

Attackers and midfielders galore are linked with the club each day yet it is in defense that City need to strengthen. They may be regular favourites when you bet on soccer games but that may change with the departure of the Toure brothers for the African Nations Cup, leaving City very thin at the back should Vincent Kompany or Joleon Lescott be suspended or injured. A long term solution at left back would also be helpful as Gael Clichy is the latest not to work out for the club who at least seem to have returned Micah Richards to his form of a couple of years ago as the former England international makes the right back slot his own.

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