Latest look at possible moves on transer deadline day

With closure at 6pm (or shortly after) transfer deadline day is well under way. At the time of writing it’s looking like outgoings only for City.

As it was two years ago, the big story of the day is set to be Robinho and it’s looking ominous for City getting a decent return on the Brazilian.

Once again Galliani and Milan have bided their time, as they did with Ibrahimovic, knowing the club want to sell. Daniel Taylor reported Milan have even sent over Mino Raiola to ‘conclude negotiations’.

Apparently City want a sale rather than another loan for Robinho. It would be annoying to see him go for a fee of less than £16m, but Milan are old hands at this kind of thing so prepare to be depressed. If City do dig their heels in, as they have every right to, then some convoluted loan could come into play.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Robinho has already landed in Italy for a medical, so the chances of us creating an auction with Barca look slim.

Better news was Shay Given’s decision to stay and fight for his place. It will be interesting to see Mark Shwarzer still goes to Arsenal, and what the Gunners do if he doesn’t.

City has apparently also confirmed that Adebayor is staying, killing a suprising story in the Mirror which claims Harry Redknapp was set to make a bid!

One striker on his way out appears to be Roque Santa Cruz, though quite where isn’t clear. With reports that a move to Lazio fell through, he’s being linked this morning with joining Liverpool. It would be a surprise for City to allow a player to join a competitor for a Champions League place.

Roy Hodgson has said he wants another striker, one who can play alongside Torres, so it does make sense on those grounds. The Telegraph report Hodgson had an offer for Zamora immediately knocked back by Fulham.

For all his injuries Santa Cruz is a better target man than either Adebayor or Jo, so there is a case for keeping him now that we aren’t getting Dzeko or Ibrahimovic.

It’s to be hoped Felipe Caicedo finds a club today. Kelvin Etuhu and Shaleum Logan are another two over 21.

As it stands the man squad is looking like this:


Joe Hart (home grown).
Shay Given (home grown).
Stuart Taylor (home grown).

Full backs:

Pablo Zabaleta (also midfield, left-back).
Wayne Bridge (home grown).
Aleksandar Kolarov (also midfield).
Micah Richards (home grown, also central defence).

Central defenders:

Vincent Kompany (also midfield).
Joleon Lescott (home grown).
Jerome Boateng (also right-back).
Kolo Toure.

Central midfielders:

Gareth Barry (home grown).
Nigel de Jong.
Patrick Vieira.
Michael Johnson (home grown).
Yaya Toure(also central defence).

Creative midfielders:

David Silva (also winger).
James Milner (home grown, also winger).


Adam Johnson (home grown).
Shaun Wright-Phillips (home grown).


Emmanuel Adebayor.
Carlos Tevez.

(23 players listed above)

Possible departures:

Roque Santa Cruz.
Felipe Caicedo.
Kelvin Etuhu (home grown).
Shaleum Logan (home grown).

Three of these five will need to leave today if they want league football before the end of the year.

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  1. It’s a shame that RSC hasn’t been given more of a chance. With a definite improvement in our crossing abilities of late, I think RSC would be a very good target man. He also works very hard for the cause and we need players like that. I hope we keep him; although that now looks unlikely. Whatever happens, we should not sell him to Liverpool.

  2. I’m delighted that RSC is staying as I am in full agreement with Jimbob’s assessment of Roque’s abilities. Mancini’s comments that RSC is “good man and good player” gives me encouragement as well. The 4-3 win against Sunderland last season should serve as exhibit A of his ability when fully fit. An unfairly maligned player in some quarters at City.

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