Didier Deschamps ready to end Roque’s Eastlands nightmare.
French champions Marseille are ready to take unwanted Roque Santa Cruz off Manchester City’s hands after watching the striker in action for Paraguay.
Marseille coach Franck Passi was in the stands taking notes as Santa Cruz, 28, starred for Paraguay as they beat Greece 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up match in Switzerland.
Marseille boss Didier Deschamps wants to launch an assault on the Champions League next season but only has a budget of £14million to play with. City will be prepared to let Santa Cruz go a cut-price £8m. (Daily Mail)
You have to feel for Paraguayan Santa Cruz, not in any real way given he is a millionaire playing a game he loves, but because he has been wasted at an Eastlands outfit with an embarrassment of attacking riches. A move to the Ligue 1 champions may well be work well for all concerned.
It seems likely that Roberto Mancini would accept decent bids for the 28 year old as he looks to chop and change his squad ahead of the new season. Roque has proved himself at Premier League level before and could surely have been a 15-20 goal a season striker at City if he was given the chance, it just so happened that Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor were the players who were given the nod as the club’s first choice starting pair.
It is also fair to say that in his six starts last term the former Blackburn man didn’t exactly excel but then arguably needed more time to bed in.