Manchester City's £6.2 Million Bid for Scott Sinclair Rejected by Swansea

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2012

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 11:  Scott Sinclair of Swansea City takes a penalty kick which is saved by Joe Hart of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Swansea, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Manchester City's pursuit of Scott Sinclair has taken a twist.

The Premier League champions were widely expected to wrap up a £6.2 million deal for the versatile Swansea City player (via The Daily Mail), but it seems the Welsh side are having second thoughts (via BBC Sport).

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has confirmed the 23-year-old Englishman wants to leave (via He has even begun to identify replacements, with Middlesbrough's Marvin Emnes and Valencia's Pablo Hernandez being touted for a move to The Liberty Stadium (via The Daily Mail).

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has gone on record to criticise Man City's attitude when dealing with the potential transfer. His comments indicate the relationship between the two clubs isn't particularly rosy (via ESPN):

It has been dragging on a while and I'd have thought if they really wanted to sign Scott they would have dealt with it a bit better than they have, but that's their business.

Hopefully, over the next few days, we'll get a couple more signings in and we can put the transfer window behind us at the end of the month.

The failure to quickly agree a deal will be a great source of frustration to Roberto Mancini.

His irritation over a lack of new signings has been well documented this summer. Jack Rodwell is the only player to have signed for the club, as Mancini continues to hunt key targets in the transfer window's final few days.

With Adam Johnson joining Sunderland, he'll want to land another winger before the deadline hits.

Brian Marwood, sporting director at the Etihad, understands the manager's concerns. Even so, he cites "sustainability" as the key ingredient to City's long-term success (via The Telegraph).

This means it's unlikely Mancini will be allowed to make any knee-jerk signings. The FIFA Fair Play rules come in at the start of next season, and Marwood is imposing his power to ensure City meet financial regulations.

For Swansea, £6.2 million shouldn't be enough to land someone of Scott Sinclair's potential. The player might see his future away from Laudrup's side, but that doesn't mean a minimal fee should be accepted.

Expect this one to continue rolling all week.