We are 22 days into the January transfer window and speculation is getting more significant day after day. Especially when Manchester City are concerned. In fact, there probably hasn’t been many days in January when the Eastlands club haven’t been linked with at least one player.
Even when other teams are thought to have made a bid for a player, there is talk that Manchester City will ‘hi-jack’ it with their own bid. It’s rather frustrating at times, but I guess that’s all part of being the richest club in world football.
The latest man to be linked with a move to Eastlands though will probably generate more interest than most. It is thought that Mark Hughes is keen to make the most of Didier Drogba’s reported fall out with Chelsea by making a £15m bid for the striker.
Manchester City have already missed out on Kaka amongst others and they are determined to bring in a big name player before the end of the month. How realistic is their quest of Drogba though?
Fair enough, the Ivory Coast forward has had his fair share of problems this year at Stamford Bridge. Injuries have been frequent, the goals have dried him, he has been left out of the squad recently and overall, you get the feeling that it may be time for him to move on.
This doesn’t mean that a) Chelsea would be willing to sell to a Premier League club or b) Drogba would be willing to join Manchester City. Both these factors could be influenced by the ‘money talks’ factor, but overall the football odds won’t be expecting this move to happen.
The only way that a deal could possibly be agreed would be if one-time Chelsea target Robinho moved in the other direction. It is thought that Luiz Felipe Scolari is aware of the Brazilian’s walk out from Man City’s training camp and could be tempted with a bid for his fellow countryman.
Again though, this is probably a scenario that is unlikely to become reality. Instead, Drogba could be added to the increasing list of players that Manchester City have failed to sign this month.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting