City put five players up for sale in bid to raise £50m.
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Manchester City are looking to offload five members of their first-team squad in an attempt to bring in £50m’s worth of transfer funds to help fund a sensational last-minute deal for Real Madrid star and long-time Manchester United target Angel Di Maria.
The Premier League champions have made a formal approach to Di Maria over a possible move to the Etihad Stadium, and have requested that the player holds off making a decision on joining United as they look to sell the players necessary to help meet Financial Fair Play regulations in order to sign him themselves.
The players that manager Manuel Pellegrini has in mind have been revealed, with a mass exodus expected in the final few days if City can find buyers for these five first-teamers:
5) Micah Richards
Available for just £8m, Manchester City shouldn’t have too much trouble finding suitors for out-of-favour defender Micah Richards, who has been somewhat unfortunate in falling behind big names such as Pablo Zabaleta and new signing Bacary Sagna in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium. The likes of Liverpool, Newcastle United and West Ham are thought to be monitoring his situation and could pay up between now and the end of the transfer window.
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