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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been given the go-ahead to restore dressing room peace with a £50million firesale of players.
Mancini retains the backing of the club’s Abu Dhabi owners and he wants to dump a number of players unhappy about their role in his squad.
Mancini is ready to axe England internationals Shaun Wright-Phillips and Wayne Bridge as well as Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given and Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz.
Wright-Phillips has been marginalised after City refused to meet his £100,000-a-week demands for a new contract, while Bridge will fall behind both Alexandar Kolarov now the Serbian defender is fit, and Pablo Zabaletta.
All three players failed to impress when Mancini gave them a start in the 3-1 Europa League defeat at Lech Poznan on Thursday night.
Santa Cruz will also be shown the door after failing to justify the £18million that Hughes paid Blackburn 18 injury-ravaged months ago. (Daily Mirror)
Roberto Mancini is under quite some pressure at the Eastlands helm and recent results have left many believing the Italian is living on borrowed time, which is of course absurd given that Man City sit in fourth spot in the Premier League.
The quartet named by this source do look eminently worth selling as none of the four appear to have any chance of making an impact in the first team. I do find the sentence “Santa Cruz will also be shown the door after failing to justify the £18million that Hughes paid” which seems harsh as the Paraguayan has never even been given the chance to prove himself having only been picked to start six Premier League games since he arrived, scoring three goals in the process.
Shay Given is bound to be one player a lot of club’s will chase but it still seems likely that Mancini will not sell the Irish international to any side he considers to be challenging them for a top four spot which could prevent Arsenal from snaring the 34 year old.
Liverpool are said to be interested in Shaun Wright-Phillips and Fulham have been linked with a move for Roque Santa Cruz as have Tottenham.