According to the Guardian, Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz wants to leave the club and join former manager Mark Hughes at Manchester City.
The report says that Santa Cruz has become restless at Blackburn, thanks to the club’s early-season struggles under new manager Paul Ince, and that City could pay well over 15m to snag him in January.
Blackburn rejected City’s bid for Santa Cruz in the summer, and even though the Paraguayan has scored only three times this season, they might think it’s better to keep him for the long haul rather than to let him go in the winter window.
On the other hand, the hefty fee Blackburn would receive would allow them to shore up some holes in the squad, so there could be a lot more benefit from selling him than keeping him.
Manchester City, as I said a couple of days ago, do need to add a goal-getter to their front line. Santa Cruz may not be scoring like a 15-20m striker right now, but having Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips, and Stephen Ireland provide him with chances would benefit him, and it’d also help take the scoring load off of that trio.
Should Santa Cruz leave Blackburn for Manchester City, or should he stick it out? Is he worth the price that City want to pay for him?