Manchester City owner leaks Sven's revived bid for Adriano


Last updated at 22:25 07 December 2007

Manchester City

are in talks with

Inter Milan about

another move for

Brazilian striker


A bid to sign the 25-year-old

centre forward failed last August

because of the player's wage

demands, but the deal has been

revived, with City offering Italian

Rolando Bianchi as bait in a proposed

swap deal.


Under the terms of the offer —

leaked embarrassingly by City

owner Thaksin Shinawatra last

night — the two players would

swap clubs on loan, with Inter continuing

to pay some of Adriano's

£100,000-a-week wages.

Thaksin said: 'We're looking to

see whether we'll do a swap deal or

not. Adriano was a top player, but

he lost form when his father died

and he put on weight. Now he's

returning to form.'

There was some bemusement at

City after Thaksin told reporters

in Hong Kong of his club's interest

in Adriano.

In the same

interview, he also revealed that

he thinks midfielder Dietmar Hamann is too old — some-thing that has not gone down well in a dressing room where the World

Cup and Champions League

winner is a hugely respected figure.

Thaksin said: 'Hamann is getting

old. We're looking at a new midfielder,

who we think will play very

well with Elano. We're going to play

in a classic style.'

It is understood that Eriksson is

continuing to track Palermo holding

midfielder Mark Bresciano,

whom he was unable to buy last

summer, and also wants to complete

his January spending with a

move for a wide player.

Contrary to reports, there will be

no move for Newcastle striker

Michael Owen or Liverpool midfielder

Javier Mascherano. Both are

considered to be too expensive,

while Owen's injury record is also

counting against him.

Eriksson has a list of players he

wants and it is believed that there

is not a single Englishman on it, nor

any player over the age of 26.

Thaksin added: 'I never talk to

Sven about amounts. We'll probably

have to sell some of our players

and loan some, and we will buy

some new players or even loan

some new ones in this window.

'We're looking for one striker, one

midfielder and maybe a winger.'

Eriksson said: 'I have had a lot of

agents on the phone offering their

players and that is because we are

doing well. I expect to be able to

sign the players I want. Many players

want to play in Europe and that

is what we hope to be able to offer.

It is not enough for top players to

be playing league football. They

want Europe as well.'

City go to Tottenham tomorrow

in fifth place in the Barclays Premier

League but with Eriksson

bemoaning his team's failure to win

away from home.

They have not won in the league

since the opening day at West Ham

and the Swede feels his players

may have a mental block.

He said:

'It is not physical or tactical. I think

maybe we are not brave enough

when we go away from home. I

know it's more difficult with the

fans. I understand that.

'It's a little bit of everything. Most

of the clubs in the Premier League

are better at home than they are

away. It's normal. But in some of

the away games I hoped and

thought that we would do better.'

City will be without Belgium

striker Emile Mpenza, while Brazilian

midfielder Elano will have a late

fitness check on a damaged hamstring.

Michael Johnson returns in

midfield after groin trouble.

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