Here are eight Manchester City players who could be leaving this summer.
With or without Roberto Mancini, City need to clear some of the squad positions taken up by players that don’t fit the long-term vision of the club.
Also, if City management want to reinforce in the summer transfer window, they have to sell.
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Wayne Bridge’s career with Manchester City is winding down to an end like Danny Mills—getting paid a ludicrous amount to go away.
Wayne admitted losing passion for the game after being frozen out at City (per BBC Sport).
Is the former Chelsea left-back in the wrong for refusing to take a drastic pay cut which has hindered the possibility of City selling him? No.
He didn’t give himself £90,000 a week (via The Guardian)—City did.
Bridge’s loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion still doesn’t trump the attention he receives for being the significant other of singer Frankie Sandford.
In about a years’ time, it will be the 10th anniversary of Wayne knocking out The Invincibles in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg.
Considering Roque Santa Cruz’s nomadic nature in recent seasons, he’s been pretty good on loan for Málaga—a brace in the win over Real Madrid being his highlight of the season.
Javier Saviola or Cruz? Why not both for Málaga?
Javier, once touted as a future legend of the game, goes missing for most of the games and is now just a goal poacher.
Santa Cruz leads the lines, wins headers but doesn’t offer any incisive play.
The two can’t play together because the 4-2-3-1 only incorporates one centre forward.
Back to Santa Cruz, he overachieved in his first season with Blackburn Rovers after being a role player at Bayern Munich.
The Paraguayan was underwhelming in his second season for Rovers but Manchester City (Mark Hughes) oddly thought he was worth £17.5 million.
Cruz never lived up to his transfer fee and has been collecting a paycheck from City to play for other clubs.
Scott Sinclair should never have left Bristol Rovers for a Chelsea side with aspirations to dominate the continent.
Rovers were promoted into League One a few seasons later and he could have been a regular, which may have led to a Championship team buying him.
He played a handful of games for the Blues but spent most of his tenure on loan.
Swansea City rescued his career and he was one of the standout players as the Swans earned promotion into the Premier League.
In the EPL, he was steady but not £8 million good. Why didn’t Manchester City just promote an Englishman from the academy?
It was a poor decision all around.
City bought an overpriced bench warmer, and Sinclair was temporarily putting his career on hold to earn a few million pounds doing diddly-squat.
If he wants to maximise his potential, he needs to hand in a transfer request.
If Yaya Touré doesn’t have an issue with Kolo leaving, then there’s no reason for Manchester City to offer the former Arsenal defender a long-term contract.
Kolo has spoken about the need to play regularly (via Michelle Fortune at Setanta Sports):
I have always liked the Premier League and I want to stay in the top leagues but time goes and if there is no chance I have to go where they want me.
My agent is working on that [contract extension] but at the moment I’m playing at City and doing everything I can do to help City win trophies.
Is Joleon Lescott a good centre-back? Yes. Is he world-class? No.
Roma signed Marquinhos on loan and then activated his buyout clause after eight games for €3 million (per Football Italia).
At 18 years of age, Marquinhos is already a better player than Joleon, who cost Manchester City £22 million.
Unless management want to break the bank, Marquinhos coming to Eastlands won’t become reality.
However if Karim Rekik succeeds on loan at Blackburn Rovers, then why keep Lescott, who will continue to hinder the Dutchman’s development?
Carlos Tévez can’t wait to leave and how many times has he spoke about Argentina? Too many.
So unprofessional from Carlos, who offered this quote (per Tim Rich at The Independent):
Boca's president has said the door is always open for me to rejoin them and I'm dying to pull their shirt on once more. I want to end my career there. It is my dream and that of my family. I'd love to be playing for them against River Plate. It would be better than playing against Fulham.
What does Samir Nasri do aside from making safe passes?
The 91 percent passing completion percentage is good, but you’re here to score some goals and get some assists.
If Manchester City wanted some guy that was going to make accurate passes, they should have signed 35-year-old Giorgios Karagounis and stuck him out on the wings.
He would have requested a fraction of the £170,000 a week (via Katy Murrells at The Guardian) Nasri is on.
A combined haul of four goals scored/created in the Premier League is a dismal return from Samir.
Not only does he fail in attacking productivity but he doesn’t win back the ball nor does he press.
0.6 tackles and 0.3 interceptions per game? Really? Dimitar Berbatov wins back the ball 2.2 times per league game.
Nasri, it’s only 90 minutes (heck you don’t even play the full game) and you don’t even want to track back? Wow… this is the guy City think is worth £170,000 per-week. What a joke.
Mike Milbury’s comments on hockey star Alex Ovechkin can be applied to Nasri:
When you have great talent, it comes with great expectations and accountability.
If you put him up to those two standards … he fails the test miserably.
He should be ashamed of himself … no fight in this guy … get up an act like a man for God’s sake.
Are you kidding me!? ... this is a guy that makes a ton of money and owes it to his owner, he owes it to his coach … that guy ought to be held accountable.
God almighty, that’s just so disheartening to see a player with that kinda of talent fall that short in terms of effort.
Edin Džeko has voiced his desire to return to the Bundesliga (via Express.co.uk).
With Robert Lewandowski announcing his plans to run down his contract at Borussia Dortmund (from PA Sport via SBS The World Game), BVB may sell him to Bayern Munich and seek Edin as a replacement, which could prompt the exit of outcast Mario Gómez.
Gómez is a feasible replacement for Džeko at City.
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