Etihad Stadium boss hopes to sell sell sell.
ROBERTO MANCINI’S revolving doors transfer strategy at Manchester City shows no sign of slowing.
With one week left before the transfer window closes, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko and Stefan Savic could all be plying their trade elsewhere next month.
City are also looking to shift five other players to trim their squad numbers and wage bill. Kolo Toure, Roque Santa Cruz, Michael Johnson , John Guidetti and Dedryck Boyata are all available.
Man City are more well known for spending than selling and this has led to an Etihad Stadium squad that is wildly expansive and with UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) guidelines in operation Roberto Mancini will be looking to trim his squad, especially if he wishes to make any other additions this summer.
Mancini has managed to offload big earner Emmanuel Adebayor and the object of this clear-out may indeed more about balancing the club’s wage bill as much as it is trying to garner funds from player sales.
Of the eight players mentioned by this source one would imagine Man City would expect to get fairly decent sums for Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko and perhaps youngster John Guidetti. The remaining five are not likely to attract huge fees but are certainly players who do not appear to have much of a future at the Etihad Stadium.
England international Adam Johnson has apparently been the subject of a great deal of interest and given that the former Middlesbrough man has never really been a first team regular you would assume Mancini would accept offers for the 25 year old, however the Italian does like to stockpile players, a habit he may need to re-think in order to keep the club ticking over on a more cost-effective basis.
Edin Dzeko scored regularly last term and netted in the club’s opener against Southampton, but that doesn’t mean he is necessarily part of Roberto Mancini’s plans, however having spent a whopping £27m on the Bosnian the Man City boss will probably be told to make the lions share of that outlay back on any sale, that could prove tricky.
Michael Johnson and Roque Santa Cruz are so out of the first team picture that it’s likely that some newer members of the squad have ever laid eyes on them. Expect both to be sold or loaned out before the end of this summer.
Kolo Toure is not happy with being a back-up option and recent speculation, and genuine bids, for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger won’t have impressed the Ivory Coast international. The 30 year old lost his spot during his drugs ban and is not likely to get it back. Expect a move to the continent in the final week of the transfer window, but only if any prospective suitor is willing to meet his current wage demands.
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