Video Evidence: Luis Fabiano (Manchester City)

With chief executive Gary Cooke announcing on Friday that City have ended their pursuit of Samuel Eto’o it is unsurprising that today’s red tops have linked the Citizens with a swoop for Sevilla’s Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano.

Fabiano’s career took off whilst at Sao Paulo for whom he scored an amazing 62 goals in 84 games. Such a strike rate was not going to go unnoticed and in 2004 Porto stumped up a reported €10 million to bring the striker to Portugal.

Theoretically if a Brazilian is going to acclimatise successfully to a country in Europe it should be Portugal where the language is the same and the culture similar. However, the striker found it difficult to gel with his new team-mates and in his solitary season at the club he scored a paltry 3 goals in 22 games.

Juande Ramos did not forget his goal scoring form in Brazil and ended the striker’s nightmare by bringing him to Sevilla. In La Liga he reacquired his midas touch. Since his arrival at the club he has bagged an impressive 47 goals in 105 games.

The striker is excellent at spearheading an attack. He does not possess great speed but he is strong which enables him to hold the ball up and bring others into play. His lack of pace means that outside the 18 yard box he is not a threat but once he nears goal he is a clinical finisher. Furthermore, Fabiano who stands at 6 ft has an excellent leap which makes him a threat at set pieces.

One criticism of the player which fans and players share alike is that he is sometimes selfish and looks like he is playing for himself rather than the team.

His international career has reflected that of his club form, and whilst he was first selected for the national in 2003 it is only whilst at Sevilla that he has become a regular. He has scored an impressive 22 goals in 31 games.

One drawback is his combustible temperament. He has been known as the bad boy of Brazilian football. In 2003, Sao Paulo met River Plate in the South American Cup. The tie went to penalties, but Fabiano was not around to take one. A fight between the players broke out just before the final whistle culminating in the striker karate kicking a River player below the neck. While being escorted off the field, Fabiano said that “he would rather attack an Argentine than take a penalty.” (Watch the incident here.)

Earlier this month AC Milan made an €18 million offer for the striker which is €2 million short of Sevilla’s valuation and negotiations have been ongoing. City are reportedly willing to spend the €25 million they had set aside for Samuel Eto’o.

Fabiano’s agent has already stated that the player’s first choice destination is at the Milanese club and fans should expect him to go there even if City come in with a massive bid. If the clubs can not agree on a transfer fee then maybe City will finally get the top class striker which they have been searching for.

Video evidence of Luis Fabiano can be seen here.


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