£8.8m Manchester City flop set to join West Ham cult figure in China

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Could Rolando Bianchi follow Alessandro Diamanti to the Far East?

Manchester City fans … remember Rolando Bianchi?

A bi-product of the Thaksin Shinawatra era he was certainly a flop at the club.

Bianchi cost Sven-Goran Eriksson £8.8 million in July 2007 - but a year later he was sold at a loss to Torino after a poor time in England.

But he went on to become a cult legend at Torino - as he regularly found the back of the net for Il Toro during his five year stay at the club.

Last summer he joined Bologna and it has been a struggle at the club so far - with just the three goals in 20 appearances to show for his move.

He was linked heavily with a move to West Bromwich Albion in the winter but remained at Bologna - however it is reported he might still be on his way from the club within the next ten days.

While some transfer windows slammed shut at the end of January - around the globe others remain open.

One such window is that in China - which shuts at the end of this month.

And it is believed he is a target for two teams in the Chinese Super League.

He has been linked with Didier Drogba’s former team Shanghai Shenhua as well as China’s biggest team - Guangzhou Evergrande.

The latter have an Italian coach in the form of Marcelo Lippi and recently snapped up his former Bologna team-mate Alessandro Diamanti, of West Ham fame.

Now it is reported Lippi wants to bring him in in order to improve the side - after recently losing star player Dario Conca to Fluminense.

Whether Bologna would be keen to lose another forward to the same team without being able to replace him remains to be seen.

In that case a summer move seems more likely, with TMW reporting that he will leave for €2.5 million in July.

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