Reports coming from our friends in Italy today suggest that Damien Comolli has joined Roberto Mancini in identifying left winger Juan Manuel Vargas as a potential signing for this Summer. The one time left back is currently plying his trade for Fiorentina and since moving to left wing has garnered some rave reviews.
Mancini must be looking to collect a plethora of left footed players with him already having Adam Johnson and David Silva on the books who can play from the left. Vargas who is also a free kick specialist began life as a left back, but really struggled there and was shifted to the left wing…sound familiar City fans? He has been long linked with Real Madrid so should City decide to move for the player they could face stiff competition.
Vargas began his career playing in his native Peru, before he quickly moved to Argentina where he began to make a name for himself. When he was 23 he moved to Europe to Serie A side Catania, his performances were so good there that the side managed to avoid relegation twice and in 2008 it appeared that he would move to Real Madrid in a big money move. This however never happened and instead he signed for Fiorentina in a deal worth £8million.
After a shaky start where he was deployed at left back, he began to demonstrate his attacking ability as a left winger and he soon became a star performer. The player is noted for being extremely quick and an exciting dribbler, he more or less plays as a third striker at times for his club, and has been described as one of the best crossers of a ball currently playing.
Radio Tuscany and newspaper Libero claim that City were leading the race to sign the player despite facing new competition from both Liverpool and Barcelona. The media outlets suggest that tentative discussions had taken place between Fiorentina and the Manchester club and that a fee of around £17.4million was mooted.
Providing Mancini isn’t considering Vargas as a left back I can see this being an excellent signing. At numerous times this season City have lacked pace down the wings and the Peruvian would definitely supply that. If Edin Dzeko is going to fire next season he needs the right kind of delivery and a crosser of Vargas’ ability would be a great assistance. With Adam Johnson down the right and David Silva and/or Carlos Tevez roaming around I think it is a signing that could really aid the City attacking unit.
The only doubts in my mind are that the player is remarkably similar to Aleksandar Kolarov in some ways and we know how that ended up, if this is a signing to strengthen the side at leftback I can see many City fans getting more frustrated with their Italian manager.
The price of this player (what a surprise) is only set to escalate with the interest of top end clubs. The right price is probably in the region of €13million but if this three way interest is sustained it will be pushing the €20million mark.
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