Roberto Mancini eyes up young acquisitions.
Manchester City have hatched an audacious plan to build up a reserve of English talent and are lining up bids for as many as five of the country’s top young players.
The £12million arrival of Jack Rodwell from Everton may have raised eyebrows but is just the start of a recruitment drive aimed at giving them an English core that will serve them for years to come.
Swansea’s Scott Sinclair seems sure to be the next capture, while Sportsmail understands England Under 21 keeper Jack Butland, his Birmingham team-mate Nathan Redmond and Tottenham defender Steven Caulker are also under review.
As revealed in Sportsmail last week, City have made an approach for Sinclair and Swansea have already begun the search for a replacement after accepting he will leave.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It appears that Man City may have realised that spending huge sums of money on established talents on a regular basis is not a cost effective or sustainable transfer policy and having brought in Everton youngster Jack Rodwell the Premier League title holders have set their sights on a number of England’s top young talents.
In order to make way for new arrivals, and to balance the books, Roberto Mancini must first set about offloading squad players he no longer needs but that’s proving more difficult than expected as a number of Man City’s big earners appear reticent to move away to clubs who can not match their current earnings, as is the case with Emmanuel Adebayor and others.
Mancini may also find that buying British does tend to be an expensive undertaking though at least when purchasing young talent this less of an issue.
Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland has become a much wanted player, despite the fact that he is yet to play a professional game in the top three tiers of English football. The teenage keeper impressed in the Olympics and clearly has a bright future.
St Andrews’ boss Lee Clark is sure to demand a high price for the custodian as well for young winger Nathan Redmond, who is already a regular at the Championship side, the winger notching up 37 appearances last term.
Moves for Swansea City’s Scott Sinclair and Tottenham’s Steven Caulker could prove problematic as both sides will feel that their young talents have started to deliver on their potential and are therefore not keen on selling to the big spending Etihad Stadium side.
Michael Laudrup’s first job as Liberty Stadium boss will be to keep the top talents that helped to secure a solid mid-table finish in their first season in the Premier League, and having already lost Joe Allen the chances of accepting offers for Sinclair will have dramatically reduced, unless of course an obscene offer is made.
Similarly Caulker impressed on loan at Swansea City and Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to give all his options a good test as he looks to put together his chosen first team regulars.
The 20 year old will perhaps find it easier to force his way into the first team picture under the young Portuguese boss, who seems more open to throwing untried players in at the deep end than his predecessor. Also with Ledley King being released and William Gallas’s Tottenham future apparently hanging in the balance the young defender could well have a chance to prove himself this term.
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