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Manchester City Ready to Offload Ten as Roberto Mancini Plots Major Clear-Out

by Christian Bailey

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Etihad Stadium boss ready to offload ten players after being told by Man City’s owners that funds for new additions must be generated by significant player sales.

Roberto Mancini is ready to conduct a major clear-out after being told by Man City’s owners that if the Italian wants to bring in new additions he will have to fund the purchases with major player sales. The Etihad Stadium boss has been given assurances he will not be fired this summer but will not be handed a blank cheque-book and will demand major silverware next term.

Among those said to be set for the chop are major first team players who Mancini feels have not proved effective enough to warrant a spot in his starting plans, as well as a number of squad players who have spent last season out on loan who the Man City boss will look to sell off as much to remove their wages from the payroll as to produce funds that would then form the majority of his summer transfer war-chest.

First team players who Mancini is ready to axe include troublesome strikers Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, two players Man City would hope to garner at least £20m apiece. Enforcer Nigel De Jong will be sacrificed having becoming little more than a bit part player this term.

Full back Aleksandar Kolarov will be made available as Mancini opts to stick with Gael Clichy on the left hand side and young centre back Stefan Savic, who has looked out of his depth this term, could be on his way out though a loan move may also be considered for the Montenegro international.

Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko is thought to be ready to quit the club having started less than half of the club’s Premier League matches and again Mancini will hope to recoup a significant chunk of the £27m paid to Wolfsburg for his services.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Vladmir Weiss are all also likely to be sold as Roberto Mancini opts to streamline his squad in preference to agreeing any more season long loan deals for his senior stars.

Of the four the one player who is likely to net Man City a decent sum is Emmanuel Adebayor, who has performed well whilst at Tottenham but the White Hart Lane side are said to be reticent about meeting the Togo international’s wage demands though may be more willing to do so if they can pick up the former Arsenal man for the right fee.

Mancini is thought to have earmarked moves for a number of young players he wishes to form part of a longer term strategy with Lille starlet Eden Hazard and Athletic Bilbao attacker Iker Muniain being his chief targets.

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