Etihad Stadium side ready to conduct striker clear-out.
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City to show FOUR strikers the door as Mancini makes space for Van Persie bid
Manchester City are embarking on a major summer clear-out as they attempt to make way for Robin van Perise.
Most likely out the Etihad door is Edin Dzeko, a £25million targt for Bayern Munich, while Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor will all be ushered towards the exit.
City’s pursuit of Van Persie is set to be the big transfer saga of the summer, with the Arsenal captain having put contact talks with his club on hold until after the European Championships.
The Dutchman, who has endured a difficult start to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, has one year left on his Gunners deal and is attracting interest from all over Europe.
Juventus are leading the way on the continent having worked out a package worth £180,000-a-week, but know it will take an astronomical offer to convince Arsenal to part with their captain.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This quartet of strikers cost Man City over £89m in transfer fees alone and it’s fairly remarkable that Roberto Mancini could consider selling this group of players without it having a great deal of an effect on his Man City first team picture. Clearly the Italian is looking to keep a firm hold of Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli but is open to offers for all other striking options.
However the idea that a club as rich as the Etihad Stadium side clearly is would need to sell before they could fork out big money for Robin Van Persie is an interesting one. It would appear that the compunction to sell is merely to adhere to UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) guidelines as opposed to any lack of cash within the club itself.
Clearly Roque Santa Cruz is very much surplus to requirements, in fact that Paraguayan has been very much the forgotten man at Man City having not played a game for the Premier League title holders in almost two years, his last appearances coming in November 2010.
Emmanuel Adebayor has similarly not been involved in first team matters following loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham, the Togo international’s last game for Man City came in December 2010.
Carlos Tevez went AWOL in Argentina and showed the club a great deal of disrespect on a number of occasions, most notably during THAT night in Munich. Mancini offered the Argentine a way back and the striker did fairly well on his return but it’s clear that the relationship between the Man City boss and the striker is still not a happy one.
Edin Dzeko may have thought that netting 14 goals from 16 Premier League starts would mean he still had a Man City future but the Bosnian spent most of the second half of the season on the bench.
Robin Van Persie is now Roberto Mancini’s main target and it would indeed take a phenomenal offer to persuade the Arsenal man to leave the Emirates Stadium and even more so if such a departure led to a move to another Premier League club.