Blimey, Eastlands boss is ready for one hell of a summer in the transfer market!
Roberto Mancini is set for a summer revamp at Manchester City – with up to 14 players heading out of the club.
Mancini, who will kick off his summer recruitment drive with the £11million capture of Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng, will get ruthless with the squad he inherited from former boss Mark Hughes.
City boss Mancini is also looking at possible moves for Benfica midfielder David Luiz and Napoli play-maker Marek Hamsik, as well as aiming to lure Fernando Torres from Liverpool.
On the way out of City are strikers Benjani, Valeri Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo, Kelvin Etuhu and Jo, all of whom spent all or part of last season out on loan.
Winger Martin Petrov, who missed the last three months of the season with a knee injury after briefly returning to the first-team, is also heading for the exit door.
And there remain question marks over the futures of Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, Nedum Onuoha, Micah Richards, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Patrick Vieira and Sylvinho.
Robinho, who returned to his native Brazil to join Santos on loan in January, will also leave City, following the failure of his record £32.5m move. (Daily Mirror)
I think the Daily Mirror may have gotten a little carried away with this one! Whilst it may be true that Roberto Mancini is looking to bring in some new faces to Manchester City, the idea that he would offload almost half their first team squad is going a little too far.
The likes of Benjani, Valeri Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo, Kelvin Etuhu and Jo are probably all on their way out and have had nothing to do with the Eastlands line up since the Italian took charge. It does however seem less likely that Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, Nedum Onuoha, Micah Richards, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Patrick Vieira and Sylvinho are all also set for the chop.
Robinho’s future will be an interesting one to watch this summer. The former Real Madrid man is too good a player to allow to leave for anything less than a fair % of the large fee that was paid for him, so one wonders who will make such a move.
It does seem that Jerome Boateng is all but a done deal and the German centre back is a solid signing that should do well for Man City. Marek Hamsik would also be a top notch addition and provide ammunition for the strikers but he may well end up giving Napoli another season of his services. Less likely would be a successful move for Fernando Torres.