News today in the Daily Mail that Roberto Mancini has decided to sell former Middlesbrough winger, Adam Johnson, at the end of the season.
Adam Johnson - Manchester City winger available in summer
Johnson was born in Sunderland, but contrary to some news reports, he was a Newcastle fan as a boy not a Sunderland fan, and even joined Newcastle United as a youngster.
But it looks like Johnson, who joined Manchester City from Middlesbrough for a reported £7M fee back in January of 2010, wants a change of clubs so he can get regular football.
And it seems the 24-year old, who has played for England 10 times with two goals, will be a strong Sunderland target, with Everton also interested.
The £50K/week wages he is earning at City may put Everton at a disadvantage over Sunderland.
It seems to us that Roberto Mancini has never rated the England winger, who gave Newcastle target Erik Pieters such a runaround in the recent England – Holland game at Wembley.
Roberto seems to have trouble getting Adam to track back and defend for City, and that’s one reason the lad gets few games at the Etihad club.
But that would hardly be a problem for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has a way of getting the very best out of his players, and Ben Arfa now tracks back and works so hard for the side these days.
We think if Pardew can get ben Arfa to track back, it would be an easy matter to have Adam do the required defensive work at Newcastle.
Adam made his debut for Middlesbrough in the 2004-2005 season and ended up playing for them 120 times with 21 goals before moving to City, where he has played 90 times with 14 goals.
Adam was on loan at Leeds in the 2006-2007 season and played five times and was on loan at Watford in 2007-2008, where he played 12 times with five goals.
A year or so ago Newcastle would be very interested in Johnson, but with the emergence of Ben Arfa on the right wing, and young Shane Ferguson coming through nicely on the left wing, we’re not sure the Magpies will be interested this time around.
We could be wrong on that, but the reported £10M fee is a bit much to pay for Newcastle – we get players like Papiss Cisse for only £8M after all, but Adam’s English and those players tend to be over-priced in England.
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