Date: 28th July 2010 at 12:09pm
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Following the earlier exits of Martin Petrov and Sylvinho, occasional City striker Roque Santa Cruz is being heavily linked with a move to Stoke City…

A clear out of sorts is imminent at Eastlands as Roberto Mancini prepares to apply the finishing touches to his revamped Premier League squad and it seems that Crocky could be the next to follow Rigsby and Sylvinho down Ashton New Road.

Last year, Mark Hughes embarked upon a relentless public pursuit of Roque Santa Cruz’s signature, with repeated increased bids knocked back a gleeful Blackburn Rovers. In the end, Rovers settled for 17.5 million quid.

Santa Cruz had undergone serious knee surgery and many embarrassed Blues voiced their concerns at that time. Those concerns became reality as Crocky remained sidelined and woefully short of match fitness for months. In truth the big striker has been injury ravaged throughout his career.

His current record at City hardly makes for prolific reading, 7 League and Cup Starts, 15 substitute appearances and 4 goals.

Since the likeable Rocky joined City, the club’s ambition stakes have become higher and in these days of new squad rules, there is little or no room for passengers. It could well be that Roberto Mancini would be content to recoup financially what he can from Santa Cruz’s forgettable year with The Blues, but his wages will be a big factor in determining where he ends up.

Should City sell Santa? Give us a shout both here and in the VMC Forums.




 

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