Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Barcelona Tracking Manchester City Striker Robinho

Manchester City striker Robinho has found himself in a tough position this summer following a satisfactory performance with Brazil national team at the World Cup. The 26-year-old is still in the dark about his imminent club future with the City manager showing no sign of including the Brazilian in his 25-men Premier League squad.

Robinho had a successful loan stint at Santos last season, but City did not extend the loan deal putting Robinho’s club future into jeopardy. He wanted to stay at Santos for another season.

City already has a number of strikers including Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tévez, Roque Santa Cruz and new signing Mario Balotelli in its squad and it seems less likely that Mancini would include Robinho in his Premier League squad.

Now, Spanish champion Barcelona is reportedly tracking Robinho, even though the club officials dismissed the reports suggesting a swap deal with City involving Robinho and Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic, who joined Barcelona from Inter Milan last summer, had a poor debut season in La Liga and has reportedly been out of favor of manager Pep Guardiola. Moreover, a number of clubs including Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus are interested in the Sweden international.

Reports out in the media suggest that Barcelona started considering Robinho as a possible replacement of Ibrahimovic whose future at Barcelona looks bleak. However, it is not yet confirmed if Guardiola would like to have someone like Robinho who failed to live up to the expectation at Real Madrid and Manchester City.

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