Striker transfers – Santa Cruz, Dzeko and the rest

In terms of possible striker transfers, this week feels like the calm after last week’s Wayne Rooney storm. Roque Santa Cruz has been quoted saying he’s up for a move in January to try and get first team football. Tell us something we don’t know!

Roque also reveals that Carlos Tevez misses his family in Argentina. Once again it’s hardly a revelation. The Mail report we’re looking again at Edin Dzeko following Rooney’s decision to stay put.

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City transfer talk returns already

It may feel like the transfer window has only just shut but that hasn’t stopped talk of Roberto Mancini making some final additions to his squad in January. Normally this would be unlikely as major deals are considered to difficult and costly during the mid-season window.

However, this January represents the last chance for Sheikh Mansour to splash his cash on new signings. From next summer onwards club finances will come under the scrutiny of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.

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What to make of Jo appearing ahead of Adebayor

Amidst all the glory of Monday’s victory over Liverpool, one thing overlooked was the appearance of Jo ahead of Adebayor to lead the attack for the final few minutes. Could this have any significance in the City careers of these two players?

Rumours of Mancini not being a huge fan of Adebayor have been circulating all Summer, yet in public the club continue to back the Togolese.

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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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