Roberto Mancini is planning a huge clearout of squad players at the Etihad this summer following Manchester City’s disappointing defence of the Premier League title.
James Ducker writes in today’s Times that the City boss is looking to bring as many as six new players to the club.
He is also looking to offload up to a dozen members of the current squad. It is believed that Mancini’s job is safe even if City fail to win the FA Cup and he is determined to avoid a repeat of last summer when the club failed to convince Robin van Persie or Edin Hazard to join.
City need to make room in their squad and will look to sell Joleon Lescott who only has one year remaining on his contract. They also hope that Borussia Dortmund will take Edin Dzeko off their hands as a replacement for Manchester United bound Robert Lewandowski.
City Need to trim the wage bill
There has been interest in Samir Nasri from French giants Paris Saint-Germain and City would be interested in moving him on.
The club are looking to cut the wage bill which is over £200m a year. Players coming to the end of their contracts will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season. That will mean Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Roque Santa Cruz and Richard Wright will be available on free transfers.
Other players likely to be shown the door include; Aleksandar Kolarov, Maicon, Scott Sinclair, Dedryck Boyata and John Guidetti.
City hope to get their transfer business done early this summer. They face a battle with Real Madrid and PSG for their main target, Edinson Cavani.