Reports emerging from Spain this week show that a delegation has been sent from Manchester City to the region of Barcelona, to sign a future Spanish star.
The star in question is Victor Ruiz who plays for Espanyol. A centre back with a great future, and so far a credible CV, it looks as if Roberto Mancini could have unearthed a gem. Ruiz has played for all ages of the Spanish youth system and could now be ready to step up to the big time.
But how much will he cost? And do City need him? Ruiz allegedly has a buy-out clause of £11 million in his contract and City are poised to make a bid of £8 million. It seems someone at City needs to rethink their maths skills, although you could argue that they could just offer the highest wages in the world and that would solve any dilemma that Ruiz may have.
And what of the futures of the rest of City’s centre backs? Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany are the starting pair, but what about Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Wayne Bridge?
Looks like the January sales could start a few days early at Eastlands.
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