Etihad Stadium boss prepares clear-out.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists the club need to sell before they can strengthen, stating Carlos Tevez could leave this week.
Tevez has been out of the first-team picture at the Etihad Stadium following his infamous decision to refuse to warm up in a UEFA Champions League game against Bayern Munich.
Serie A giants AC Milan have been heavily linked with the Argentina international along with Inter Milan, Paris St Germain and Corinthians, and Mancini believes that a potential deal to offload the ex-Manchester United man ‘could be close’.
Mancini is keen to strengthen where possible, although he knows up to four players need to move on before he can bring in a fresh face during the January transfer window.
Along with Tevez, Wayne Bridge is expected to leave and the Italian tactician is hoping the former Chelsea and Southampton defender can secure a new club.
“We need to sell three or four players and with Carlos we could close (a deal) with a club in the next three or four days, and also possibly Wayne. Then maybe we can do something,” explained Mancini.
“We hope for us and for Carlos we can do a deal. There are two or three teams in Italy, a team in France, and another team involved – I hope for him he can start to play football.
“We could maybe bring someone in, but we need to sell.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
As well as looking to land at least £25m from the sale of Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini will hope to trim his squad further with other sales of squad players who are not even on the Man City bench.
To that end Wayne Bridge is being offered to all and sundry but the Italian is insisting that interested parties take the full back on a permanent basis as the Man City boss wants to remove unwanted players completely from the club’s balance sheet.
Another defender on his way out is Nedum Onuoha who is said to be interesting a number of Premier League sides including QPR and Sunderland.
The long list of players out on loan are also said to be available for outright sale and Man City would hope to make decent sums from the sale of Emmanuel Adebayor and even Roque Santa Cruz, who has done relatively wel out at Real Betis though the Paraguayan is apparently looking to move back to South America.