Yet another player linked with the Champions..
The Mirror claim Manchester City are once again lurking around another star, this time it’s the diminutive Italian Sebastian Giovinco.
The recently crowned champions are prominent in the murmurings of just about any deal, and the club are known to be on the look out for a pacy winger to join their elite squad. His current side Parma have slapped a £32m price tag on the sought after play maker, who’s also purportedly interested the likes of Barca and Inter.
A complication in any talks however could be the fact the Italy international is part-owned by Juventus, who are keen to have him back. Giovinco notched 15 goals in Serie A this season, and looks certain to play a major part in his nations bid for Euro 2012.
Here’s 3 reasons why Roberto Mancini should take the plunge (for a smaller fee than quoted perhaps):
At Italy’s U21 championships campaign in 2008, a youthful Giovinco was seen as a shining light in the future of his country after he won player of the tournament. The number 10 ran games for fun and subsequently earned himself his big chance at Juventus. But things didn’t turn out as planned in the years to come, after losing his place for the Turin side he found himself out of the international set up entirely for around two years before an impressive upturn in fortunes.
Since Parma brought out half his contract, the 25 year old has been a revelation and forced his way into the senior side early in 2011. City could use a player who possesses this kind of mental strength and will to succeed in order to challenge for honours on all fronts next season.
Though no doubt brilliant in their own right, Samir Nasri and David Silva are hardly lightning fast. At times, in particular throughout City’s rough spells throughout parts of the second half of the season, both players tendency to cut inside made the side look rather narrow, in particular when searching for a winning goal away from home. The obvious alternative Adam Johnson oddly doesn’t seem trusted to fulfill any role at the moment, therefore meaning most of the speed within the side comes from the play of forward Sergio Aguero.
Giovinco has an abundance of pace and uses it to great effect down the flanks, whilst he’s also shown his capability for scoring goals in plundering a healthy looking 15 in 26 appearances.
Whilst prime target Edin Hazard no doubt possesses the same kind of flexibility in attack as Giovinco, the Lille teaser doesn’t exactly seem overwhelmed by the prospect of moving to Manchester, instead far more concerned in keeping his suitors dangling for as long as possible. Giovinco however could be more eager if Mancini cements his interest, and if he were to arrive, his ability to play in a variety of offensive roles would prove priceless.
Even City’s squad suffered from injury at times last term, but a blow in upfront or in any creative department in midfield would see the player slip in seamlessly.
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