Javi Garcia set for a move to St. Petersburg.
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Manchester City could be set to end their concerns over having too many non-homegrown players, with the Mail reporting that they are ready to sell Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia to Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of around £12 million.
Zenit, managed by former Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas, are set to discuss a lucrative deal with the Spaniard, who could join the likes of Benfica centre back Ezequiel Garay as having made the move to the Russian club.
Garcia, signed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, has never really settled at Eastlands – only sporadically putting in the kind of performances that persuaded City to make him one of the first signings to be made following their 2012 Premier League triumph.
City have had an issue this summer regarding the number of non-homegrown players at the club, particularly with a prospective move for FC Porto centre back Eliaquim Mangala, which could leave them having to leave someone out of their Champions League squad.
Selling Garcia to Zenit would alleviate those issues for Manuel Pellegrini, whilst also put some money in the bank to aid the club’s compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations – having already signed midfielders Fernando and Frank Lampard this summer.