Man City – Sooner Or Later, Some Striker Has Got To Go


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Togo international striker EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR bagged 14 goals in 26 Premier League games for Manchester City last season after arriving from London club FC Arsenal in exchange for a transfer fee of 25.0 million English pounds; this season, things have gone a little differently at the Eastlands club for the 26-year-old attacker. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Especially considering the impending arrival of Bosnia international EDEN DZEKO in the transfer from German club Vfl Wolfsburg, at some point, money bags MANCHESTER CITY will be forced to off-load some of the excess strikers currently on the books and, most likely, absorb some financial losses for a few of the attackers purchased in the past along the way.

Not that the Abu Dhabi United Group for Developement and Investment, the private equity company owned by United Arab Emirates royal family member SHEIK MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, cannot handle the situation.

But still……Just this summer alone, Manchester City splashed out over 130.0 million English pounds on just six players. One of the half dozen with a hefty price tag was 20-year-old Italy international striker MARIO BALOTELLI, bought from reigning UEFA Champions League title holders Inter Milan for 24.0 million English pounds.

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Brazil international JO, a purchase of 17.0 million English pounds from Russian side CSKA Moscow, has scored exactly one goal in his career for Manchester City in the English Premier League — that coming all the way back in September of 2008; including the 23-year-old’s time with FC Everton last season, the Brazilian is now goalless from his last 25 games in the English top flight. (Jon Super/AP)
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It is interesting to note the amount of money being tossed about by Manchester City in an effort to ascend to the throne of English football.

The Eastlands club, of course, are still on the hook for Wales international striker CRAIG BELLAMY, who is out on loan for the season at Cardiff City. Manchester City paid West Ham United what is believed to be 14.0 million English pounds for the now 31-year-old veteran in January of 2009. Last season, Bellamy scored 10 goals in 32 Premier League games for City.

Also on the books at Manchester City and out on loan is Ecuador international striker FELIPE CAICEDO. The 22-year-old, who was obtained from Swiss side FC Basel for 5.2 million English pounds in late January of 2008, spent all of last season abroad as well with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon and Spanish club CF Malaga. This term, Caicedo has scored seven goals in 12 games (eight starts) for La Liga side UD Levante in Spain.

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Paraguay World Cup striker ROQUE SANTA CRUZ scored just three goals for Manchester City in 19 Premier League games a season ago after a pricey transfer from Blackburn Rovers costing 17.5 million English pounds; this time around, the 29-year-old has appeared in the English top flight exactly once — as a substitute. (Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester City already took a big loss at the teller’s window with the sale of Brazil World Cup striker ROBINHO to Italian Serie A side AC Milan earlier this fall. The 26-year-old had broken the British transfer record with a move from Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid costing 32.4 million English pounds in September of 2008, the very same day, in fact, that the Abu Dhabi United Group formally took over at Manchester City. Robinho, who spent most of last season out on loan with Brazilian side FC Santos, was released to AC Milan for just 18.0 million Euros, or roughly 15.35 million English pounds.

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