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Manchester City Exodus Continues as Duo Leave Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium will see many exits but one notable arrival.

Manchester City have announced Roque Santa Cruz and Vladimir Weiss have left the club on loan moves to Spain, continuing the exodus from the Etihad Stadium.

But there could be a surprise arrival before the transfer deadline after former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves underwent a medical with the Blues.

Santa Cruz, 30, has found his first-team opportunities severely restricted under Roberto Mancini due to injuries and being overlooked when fit.

The Paraguay international has not been in City’s first team since November and spent the last six months of the season at Blackburn on-loan.

Real Betis have offered him an opportunity to kick-start has career after they signed him on a season-long deal.

Weiss will also be on his way to Spain after Espanyol confirmed he will be joining them for the rest of the campaign.

The Slovakia international spent last season on loan at Rangers but he too has been unable to convince Mancini he can force his way into his plans.

The departures continue the exodus of the club after Emmanuel Adebayor moved on-loan to Tottenham last week.

Craig Bellamy is also expected to leave with Spurs, Liverpool and Cardiff City interested.

The arrival of Hargreaves, 30, at the City training ground today was a surprise to many.

The England international was released by United earlier this summer due to an injury ravaged four years at the club.

West Brom and Tottenham are keen on signing him but will only offer pay-as-you-play deals whilst City can offer a higher basic wage.

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