Manchester City have provided the home to some truly wonderful people throughout the years … Joey Barton, Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy. You know, the kind of footballer everybody can get behind, a real credit to the game. Well, next up on that list is the fantastic sportsman that is … Luis Suarez.
As I’m sure you all remember, it was Ajax’s Suarez who handled the ball on the line in Uruguay’s World Cup quarter final against Ghana, with the resulting penalty missed by Asamoah Gyan. Uruguay progressed to the semis on penalties, and Suarez briefly became Public Enemy No. 1, of the fooballing world at least. Sentiment at the time was certainly behind Ghana, who were looking to become the first African side ever to make it to the World Cup semis.
Perhaps I’m being harsh. After all, several players came out and claimed they’d do the same in that position: it was merely that it was so high profile. If Dirk Kuyt’s goal against Sunderland had occurred in the World Cup quarters, I’m sure him and Torres would’ve been slated for it.
City face competition from Europa League oppo Juventus for Suarez’s signature; it’s a Juve side, however, that aren’t looking all that special any more. They came 7th in Serie A last season, but an expenditure of over €50million over the summer, in addition to new manager Luigi Delneri, should see an improvement. There’d also be more chance of cementing a first team place in Turin, but City bottomless pit of money is always likely to appeal. £25million is the quoted figure, and it’s a figure, I’m sure, City would have no trouble in meeting.
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