Manchester City Set to Seal £15m Striker Deal Next Week

Almost a done deal!

The Rumour

Roque Santa Cruz Blackburn Rovers 2008/09

Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz is set for a Manchester City medical this week ahead of completing a £15 million move.

The News of the World says Santa Cruz has a long and alarming history of knee problems, going back to his Bundesliga days with Bayern Munich.

The Paraguay international has not played since the beginning of March and will be subjected to a strict medical examination by the Eastlands backroom staff.

The Source: (News of the World as reported on

The Analysis

Mark Hughes’s pursuit of Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz has been as lengthy as it has been blatant. The Welshman has been trying to sign the former Bayern Munich man for a year or so, in fact pretty much since he left Ewood Park!

Sam Allardyce seems resigned to losing the Paraguayan who had such a great first season in the Premier League, but will not lose him until he gets the price he wants for his services and that price appears to be agreed by the two teams and only a medical can prevent the mega bucks Mancunians from signing yet another striker, the good news is, this one is damn good!

For the record, and if anyone is counting, the Eastlands side currently has seven full international strikers!

The Likelihood

Roque Santa Cruz to Man City: Almost certain!

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