City transfer talk: 6 August – those Adebayor quotes, Balotelli and Robinho

Tuttosport came up with some extraordinary quotes yesterday from Emmanuel Adebayor, claiming he is “sorry to leave the Premier League” with Juventus interested in him and the prospect of limited first team opportunities with City. Not surprisingly the club quickly refuted this, pointing out that he has just been given our number nine shirt.

But what if City sign Dzeko or Ibrahimovic? Adebayor’s place as a first-choice striker would then be under threat.

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Friendly: Borussia Dortmund 3 Manchester City 1

For anyone wondering why Brian Kidd and David Platt failed as managers, this game provided ample explanation. The sooner Roberto Mancini returns to instil some purpose into this side the better. A few more players wouldn’t go amiss either.

Thankfully the likes of Tevez, de Jong, Boateng and Silva are ready to step up. Milner, Dzeko, Balotelli and Luiz could all have added something to this game.

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Friendly preview: Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund

City take on Borussia Dortmund for the Ferrostaal Cup this evening and City fans will be hoping for their glimpse of Aleksandar Kolarov. Whether Roberto Mancini is also there remains to be seen.

It’s to be hoped he can make it back from Italy as the friendly against Inter proved little more than a fitness exercise where his absence combined with Patrick Vieira’s sending off to leave the blues focused on damage limitation.

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Are City set to sign a second striker after Balotelli?

With Mario Balotelli set to join the club and Roque Santa Cruz looking like the striker to make way out of last season’s first team squad it might be reasonable to assume they’re a straight swap. Yet is that the case?

Despite his powerful physique, Balotelli doesn’t play the role of target man which Santa Cruz was supposed to fill. Instead the positions he occupies are closer to those of Craig Bellamy. Namely he’s primarily a striker but often played on the flanks where his pace, skill and powerful shooting allow him to cut in and augment the strikers.

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