Manchester City to Offload Quartet In £40m Summer Sale

Etihad Stadium side to conduct much needed clear-out.


MANCHESTER CITY are as focused on departures as they are arrivals in the summer.

Manager Roberto Mancini, of course, wants to further strengthen his already ­impressive squad.

But there could be even more players going out than coming in, with a mini clear-out planned.

Forgotten man Roque Santa Cruz, 30, can go for a knockdown ­ £1.5million, as he is on £90k a week and under contract for another two years.

City will take just £1m for left-back Wayne Bridge, 31, on loan at Sunderland and another outcast on £90k a week with just over a year left on his deal at the Etihad.

But City want £10m for striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 28, who is with Spurs on a season-long deal.

If Carlos Tevez makes his expected exit, City could bank around £40m from the sales of those four – and save £550k a week (£28m a year) in wages!

SOURCE: Daily Star

It says something about the size and quality of Man City’s squad that the sale of four proven internationals can happily leave the Etihad Stadium without any real damage being done to the Roberto Mancini’s squad. The Italian is right to look to balance possible summer additions with player sales as the forthcoming UEFA FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules will lead to big spending sides having to manage their finances in a more responsible manner.

Of the four on offer there is sure to be a great deal of interest in Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez though it may prove tougher to offload Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge, hence their greatly reduced valuations.

Adebayor has done excellently at White Hart Lane but the North London club do not look keen on forking out the obscene wages that the Togo international enjoys at Man City. Therefore the former Arsenal striker may need to either re-think his demands or look to move elsewhere to a club with deep pockets, Anzhi spring to mind.

Carlos Tevez has been welcomed back by Mancini but that seems more like an attempt to court new buyers as much as it is a chance to beef up the current attacking options.

Roque Santa Cruz has done well during his season long loan move to Real Betis and the fact that a player who cost £17.5m less than three years ago can now be bought for just £1.5m either suggests that the players value has significantly decreased or that Man City paid over the odds. The truth probably lies somewhere between both points of view.

Wayne Bridge is at Sunderland and again Martin O’Neill’s side are unlikely to meet the full back’s £90k a week demands and that is when the former Chelsea man will have to try balancing sheer greed with ambition.

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