The Great Manchester City Sale: Buy One, Get One Free?
There has been a lot of talk about the new players targeted by Mark Hughes at Manchester City.
The list of new players is a long one and includes players such as Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez, and Samuel Eto'o.
Such a list is a remarkable situation in itself considering where the club was only two years ago, but now Hughes has to deal with the task of shedding the dead wood.
Players from "the old City" are now nowhere near capable enough and will need to be moved on.
City's youth production line continues to churn out very capable players as well, and many of them will no longer be considered good enough for City either.
The revenue that can be generated (although not critical to City's business plan) will be welcome and is likely reinvested in the youth setup, especially the sale of homegrown players.
So who is heading for the exit, and what could be earned from the sales?
Many people think the FEK (future England keeper) is worthy of his place in the City squad, possibly even pushing Shay Given for first choice keeper, but that idea is at least two years away.
A season-long loan at Birmingham City will show us more.
Never big enough (ego aside) or good enough, he was a great prospect, but will likely leave City for a moderate fee of £1m or so.
Always a makeweight, he is now a free agent.
Tal Ben Haim
The only question asked by City fans is WHY did we buy him? Fingers crossed for a swift exit for a few million, if we are lucky.
The most popular substitute appearance in living memory this season will at least give him one fond memory of his stay at COMS.
A player of ability who is likely to make way for a new player from the youth ranks or purchased from elsewhere. Just not good enough anymore. £3m?
Need we even bother with this one?
Purchased as "one for the future," but now the needs of the club have changed massively. £3m?
If gambling debts, drunk driving, or laughing in the changing room after an 8-1 spanking weren't enough, perhaps the fact that his legs had gone and took his passion with him helped his inevitable departure.
This won't be popular, but I fear he has to move on to get his head sorted out. £10m may be achievable for a player more than twice as good as Joey Barton.
If ever a player needed to go, it was Ralph. £8m.
A good young player, but good is no longer enough at City, is it? Hull, Bolton, or Fulham would be ideal for him in a £3m deal.
The great hope from the last summer window, he is likely to find a new home for a knockdown price. £7m.
The new "Goat" has a special place in the hearts of the fans, but he won't be staying for long. £6m.
Ched (Chedwyn) Evans
Those who saw Paul Moulden play for City will see the comparison—great prospect who simply isn't fast enough or good enough. £4m.
The sleepy one is likely to move on if he doesn't miss his flight. £7m.
Bye-bye to the greatest (or is the greediest) player to come through City's academy according to some, not by me it must be said. £?m.
A real professional who deserves to be rewarded by a free move to another club.
I understand that the above list is a long one, but it's likely to be 17 out and perhaps seven in, with some players moving up from the academy.
The youth players moving up are likely to include:
Adding these to the likes of Stephen Ireland, Nedum Onuoha, Shaleum Logan, Micah Richards, and of course Shaun Wright-Phillips, the squad will have a 30 percent homegrown element for next season. Not bad for a club that apparently aims to buy success.
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