Manchester City striker close to exit, La Liga bound?

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Manchester City’s young Swedish striker John Guidetti is rumoured to be leaving the club in January with La Liga a likely destination.

The 21-year-old striker has been attracting a lot of attention over the past year despite not playing any regular first team football and Manchester City have conceded they may be willing to let him go in the January transfer window.

Guidetti was born in Sweden and started his career at Swedish club BP. He then moved to Kenya with his family before returning to BP in 2006. When the youngster turned 18 he signed a three year contract with Manchester City who were being managed at the time by Sven-Goran Eriksson. The then City boss managed to fight off other top clubs including Inter Milan, Lazio and Roma for the Swedes signature.

Following a third loan spell at BP, Mancini recalled the striker for their summer tour of the United States in 2010, and he made his competitive debut against West Bromwich Albion later that season in the third round of the League Cup. On 18 October, 2012, Guidetti signed a new 3-year deal, keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2015.

The Stockholm born striker previously went on to have loan spells with Burnley and later with Feyenoord. It was with the Dutch giants that he really found his feet, scoring an impressive 20 goals in 23 appearances during the 2011/12 season. His performances at Feyenoord earned him international recognition and he made his debut for Sweden in their 1-0 victory away at Croatia, coming on as a half time substitute.

However, Guidetti hasn’t made an appearance in over a year and is looking to move on in order to play regular first team football. The two clubs leading the way are La Liga’s Real Betis and Celta Vigo, both who are struggling near the bottom of the table and are in desperate need of more goals.

Another team that has registered an interest is German outfit Hoffenheim, however with their goal scoring form this season it’s hard to believe they aren’t completely satisfied with what they already have.

One potential spanner in the works is Guidetti’s elevated salary from his contract extention in 2012, which was rewarded for his success in Holland and his potential to be a regular goal scorer in the future; it could prove to be a major stumbling block for those monitoring the situation.

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