5 Players That Will Leave Manchester City This Summer

April 4, 2013 in Premier League, Transfers

After what can only really be considered as a vastly disappointing season, it’s a big summer for Manchester City. With the momentum they gained from last year’s Premier League victory in danger of evaporating, it will be very much a put up or shut up shop close season. City need to do something. Whether that will include changing the manager or not remains to be seen, but one thing that seems fairly certain to happen is the continuation of City’s attempts to balance the wage bill. Ex-Barca chiefs Txixi Berigistain and Ferran Soriano have supposedly been given that task as a near number one priority, with many bit part and peripheral players taking home world class salaries, the goal will be perhaps not to increase the current wage bill, but to redistribute it more wisely and effectively.

Certain things will help this. The contracts of Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge and Roque Santa Cruz expire this summer, freeing up over £200k of wage space. The sale of Mario Balotelli in January freed up a further £130k, but if City are to make a flurry of big name signings as reported and still maintain the same concern of complying with FFP that they undoubtedly have this season, it won’t be enough. I’d expect a few highly paid fringe players to exit the Etihad this summer, so lets have a look at the most likely candidates.

1) Edin Dzeko

Personally, I was surprised that Dzeko stayed at City for this season, his role as bit-part substitute already firmly in place from the previous season. Dzeko is still the best finisher at Manchester City; by some margin actually, with Aguero and Tevez flailing about in the box fairly cluelessly this season whilst Dzeko maintains a very high strike rate, but his incompatibility with City’s central, ground-based passing game is blatant for all to see and it might just be a case of square peg, round hole. Both Dzeko and City will want the move.

Potential Destinations: Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich

Potential fee: £20-25 million

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2) Joleon Lescott

It’s been a hard season for Lescott. He’s not done anything particularly wrong per se, but the emergence of Matija Nastasic hss put him in a tough spot. Ten years younger and on half the wage, Nastasic looks like the more prudent option for City, whilst a reserve on Lescott’s wages at Lescott’s age doesn’t seem like good business. For Lescott himself, with an England place under threat from lack of football, you could see him taking a wage cut and a move to give himself a chance of playing at Brazil 2014, undoubtedly his only chance to go to a World Cup. Another mutually beneficial move.

Potential Destinations: Everton, Fulham, Stoke, Aston Villa

Potential Fee: £5-8 million

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3) Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair’s career is increasingly becoming a parody of itself. After making an overly bold move to Chelsea, he ended up loaned out to a thousand clubs before finally rebuilding his career and his reputation at Swansea. The first thing he does upon regaining stature? Makes an identical mistake and accepts an overly bold move to Manchester City, and finds himself on the bench for the entire season, never once starting a league game and being barely used substitute, with no goals and no assists. Scott has put himself back to square one. Perhaps the worst move of the terrible summer of Marwood, this has just been a disaster for everyone, and if common sense prevails, Sinclair will seek alternate employment next season.

Potential Destinations: Everton, Sunderland, West Brom

Potential Fee: £3-6 million

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4) Aleksander Kolarov

Kolarov has had a woeful season. Truly woeful. Whereas last year he was rotated with Clichy, his defensive frailties this year have seen Mancini turn on him almost entirely. The man still has a good free-kick and seems to have a goal in him, but has looked stronger as a makeshift left midfielder than as a left-back this season, and his embarrassing performance in the recent loss to Everton was perhaps the crown jewel on the year in which he was found out. City can do better, and I’d expect them to.

Potential Destinations: Fiorentina, Zenit St Peterburg, Galatasaray

Potential fee: £3-5 million

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5) Gareth Barry

This is a bit of a bold one, and I suppose this hinges a little on there being a new manager at City, as Mancini is a big fan, but Gareth Barry will enter the final season of his contract next year and there’s been no sign of a new one. A fan favorite, and the kind of player a hipster guy with a blog might call City’s man of the match every week because he doesn’t do anything anyone remembers, Barry this season has looked increasingly a weak link in City’s midfield. Already a slow player, his lack of mobility has cost City defensively on more than one occasion, and if City are serious about coming back at Manchester United hard next season, they can’t go another season with Barry as a first choice midfielder. I can see a deal being done for Barry to leave the Etihad this summer, because it’s either that or give him a new contract, something the new City chiefs, obsessed with youth and potential, seem reluctant to do.

Potential Destinations: Stoke, Aston Villa, Cardiff

Potential fee: £3-6 million

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Outsiders:

Carlos Tevez: No chance, Tevez’s wages are too high and he won’t take a pay cut for anyone. Will see out his final year at City.

Javi Garcia: He’ll get another season to make it work at at City. Poor first season though, no mistake.

Maicon: Possible, but only one year left and not on high wages. Will see out contract also.

Samir Nasri: 50/50, but I think Nasri will stay. Call it a hunch.

Of course there’s a chance that one of City’s A-listers could leave too, David Silva to Real Madrid looking a reasonable possibility, but I’ll go on the line and say City will be able to keep these players for another year, particularly if big signings are made. Come August though, City really need to have all their affairs in order, learning off the dallying disaster of a summer they had in 2012. Important times for the club.

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