Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Transfer window creaking open

The moment all Manchester City fans have been waiting to happen is just hours away as the transfer window is ready to open. While the first-half of the campaign has been less than satisfying, its time to rip the rear view window down and push forward.

Much talk has been made and while Mark Hughes is adamant that the club won’t be held ransom given its rich coffers, the economic reality of the present world will surely play into the clubs hands. With a countless group rumours swirling of top shelf players such as Villarreal’s Marcos Senna, Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus and AC Milan’s Kaká, the next month could see some massive changes to the Man City line-up.

With these changes a number of players will naturally see their final days with the club and it is very possible that Jô, Tal Ben Haim and Elano will be moved. Nery Castillo’s loan from Shakhtar Donetsk has finally come to an end and the El Tri capped hitman rumoured to be re-start his career at either Chivas, Real Betis or Almería.

That aside, it is accepted that the club is looking to finalize terms very quickly to bring in Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn. The Paraguayan striker is held in high regards by Mark Hughes and has been sought-after since the manager came over from the Rovers. Look for this deal to happen without haste as City prepares for the next league match against Portsmouth on the 10th.