To be honest, it’s more down to Chelsea’s carefree spending than good business on the part of Manchester City, yet it appears that they are likely to be reunited with a player, who lit up several games while wearing a light blue shirt the first time around, for a fraction of the price that they sold him for.
Considering Shaun Wright-Phillips is still only 26, Mark Hughes will regard this as a solid investment, especially as the diminutive winger hasn’t exactly had much playing time over the past couple of seasons. The Guardian report that the England international is set to have a medical at Eastlands today, before signing on the dotted line and becoming a City player for the second time.
Manchester City are set to secure the return of Shaun Wright-Phillips after last night reaching an agreement with Chelsea over the transfer. The fee for the winger is understood to be £9m and he is expected to undergo a medical today.
City will be bringing back the winger for a fraction of the £21m fee they received from Chelsea for him in 2005. Wright-Phillips had been reluctant to make the move but decided to call time on his career at Stamford Bridge after a meeting with the club’s manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, yesterday.
City’s manager, Mark Hughes, had sounded upbeat about his chances of landing Wright-Phillips when he arrived in Jutland yesterday for a tricky Uefa Cup qualifier’s second leg against Midtjylland, despite claims from the 26-year-old’s representative that the player would not be moving to Eastlands.
It’s about time we saw the real SWP again, appearing in the papers for a fine footballing performance and not because he’s been spotted in a London nightclub. His career went off the rails at Chelsea, where he was restricted to a handful of appearances – can he now link up with City to remarkable effect?