Contrary to popular reports Eastlands boss does not need money for a new bobble hat.
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Roberto Mancini is looking to cut a swathe through his expansive Eastlands squad and has earmarked a list of nine players that he will happily accept offers for, whilst others who ‘s contracts expire will simply be allowed to leave.
The list includes Michael Johnson, Jo, Shay Given, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge, Nedum Onuoha and Craig Bellamy. Nine players who the Manchester City boss feels he can do without. The club’s mega rich board has no issue with allowing the Italian more cash to bring in new signings, as evidenced by their purchasing of £27m striker Edin Dzeko, however they will look to see Mancini to cut costs before they go overboard with new additions.
Of the nine named, Wayne Bridge is already on loan at West Ham, as is Craig Bellamy at Cardiff City. Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but he may be prevented from leaving until Mario Balotelli’s injury issues are dealt with.
Shay Given wishes to leave to find first team football and will be allowed to join any team that is not in direct competition with Man City. Michael Johnson is keen to get a loan deal but may be sold off all together if the right offer comes in. Nedum Onuoha has had a great time on loan at Sunderland and Steve Bruce will in all likelihood look to sign the England hopeful on a permanent deal in the summer.
Shaun Wright-Phillip and Roque Santa Cruz will apparently leave the club on short team moves this week according to Mancini and the likes of Liverpool, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers are reportedly interested.
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