Manchester City’s fringe players are on red alert as manager Roberto Mancini plans a complete overhaul of his squad this summer according to the Guardian.
The Italian blames City’s poor campaigns in both the Premier League and Champions League on the failure to land his top transfer targets last summer.
Furious at missing out on Van Persie
Man City missed out on the signatures of Robin van Persie, Javi Martinez and Eden Hazard and had to scramble on the last day of the transfer window to get the bodies in. Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, Maicon and Javi Garcia all arrived but have failed to make an impact at Eastlands.
Mancini is determined the same mistakes won’t be made again this time. He blames former City Sporting Director Brian Marwood for letting all his main targets slip away.
However, Marwood has now left the club and Mancini is working closely with his replacement, Txiki Begiristain, to identify potential summer signings and the two are ready to make their move early in the window this time.
Mancini understands his squad will have to be trimmed significantly in order to comply with UEFA’s new financial fair play laws.
No one is safe from the axe
He is willing to sacrifice whoever is necessary to land either Edinson Cavani or Radamel Falcao to spearhead his attack next season.
The news will send shockwaves around Man City with only the top performers at the club guaranteed to stay.
City can finally say goodbye to Mark Hughes’ misjudged signings, Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge with both contracts expiring in the summer. Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Joleon Lescott will move into the final year of their contracts and City will listen to offers for the trio. Inconsistent squad players such as Maicon, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko and Scott Sinclair will also be available at the right price.