Manchester City

Mancini Mounts Rescue Package

Roberto Mancini is reportedly ready to swoop for Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma. Increasingly superfluous at Inter Milan, Quaresma would greedily gnaw Mancini’s hand off for the opportunity to resurrect a stagnating career.

At a fee thought to be around £7 million, the deal would represent loose change for Sheikh Mansour. However, accused of inconsistency, being short of regular football – often only featuring from the bench – and with City possessing the potential to splash out on more dependable and sought after targets, Quaresma is a slightly curious proposition. Certainly, Mourinho used him sparingly and suggested, though talented, Ricardo lacked the tactical discipline required for his side.

Furthermore, there isn’t a scarcity of comparable wingers at the Eastlands; indicating that Petrov or even Shaun Wright-Philips may be ousted as Mancini sets about moulding his side.

Nevertheless, Ricardo is a gifted player, possessing flair, speed and dexterous dribbling ability; demonstrated most vividly during his time at Porto (2004 to 2008). He undoubtedly hasn’t been handed a myriad of opportunities at the San Siro – attributable to tactics and formation – but has since experienced Premier League action whilst on loan at Chelsea. Still only 26 years old, available at a price facilitating Mancini to splash out elsewhere, and with palpable promise, if Quaresma displayed consistency he could prove a useful signing.

So, worth the stake?

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