Manchester City scramble to offload stars of yester-week

Seemingly the fat cats at Manchester City awoke this morning and a moment of clarity dawned on them. They have too many players.

Muffled voices were reportedly heard from behind the doors of executive offices at Eastlands this morning “we need to sell, not buy, we’ve got to many players” they could have said, as they struggled to open the door wedged shut by an excess of money.

So far City have been happy to embrace the opportunity to add to their bulging squad and wage bill, by signing Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng, David Silva and Alexsander Kolarov.

In order to comply with Premier League’s new rule though, of only allowing 25 players over the age of 21 in every squad, City will have to trim their bulging roster that currently tops and impressive 33 money-hungry stars.

A report in the poor man’s Sun suggest that former signing Jo could be on his way out and the poorer man’s Sun has claimed that Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz and Stephen Ireland all face the axe.

With further additions expected to be added the roster before the end of transfer deadline day, City face the prospect of offloading up to ten experienced players from their squad.

Priced at £10m Stephen Ireland will tempt many clubs, but his excessive wages of £70k-a-week will put off just as many, as teams are simply unable to throw many at players with such reckless abandon as City do.

Such is City’s desire to get shot of players who have become surplus to requirements in a remarkably short space of time, they are willing to let them go for considerably less than they paid for them.

Santa Cruz was bought for £18m but the poor man’s Sun suggests he could be off to Marseille for a smaller amount and Jo will certainly move for less than was paid for him.

Wheeler-dealer ‘Arry Redknapp has also been quick to spot a bargain and has eyed some of the City squad as part of potential loan moves.

He told the BBC “I think there will be a few loans. Clubs like Manchester City will have too big a squad as you can only have 25 players on your roster.

“They will have a problem and there will be players that clubs will want to loan out that will be good players that are earning good wages.

“Clubs will have to cut their wage bills and they don’t want players sitting around doing nothing.”

Even if City successfully manage to farm out enough of their squad they will surely have to supplement the wages of their players as they had to do to facilitate Robinho’s move to Santos and they could eventually find themselves counting the cost of their wealth.

Home-grown over-21s: 15
Given, Hart, Taylor, Lescott, Bridge, M Johnson, Onuoho, Richards, Barry, A Johnson, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Bellamy, Etuhu, Logan

Foreign over-21s: 18
Gonzales, Nielsen, Boateng, Garrido, K Toure, Zabaleta, Vieira, Y Toure, de Jong, Kompany, Silva, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Tevez, Caicedo, Robinho, Jo, Kolarov

Total over-21s: 33

Tags: Manchester City, Premier League

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The Blue Buffoon 28 July 2010 at 12:38pm

To be accurate, we all know that the likes of Jo are not going to be in the 25 for City, but to claim that we HAVE to sell more to fit into the 25 is a myth. If you visit the excellent, you will see an excellent (and researched, there’s a novelty these days) article showing the true situation.

blue spark 28 July 2010 at 12:51pm

Do you really think City is worried about being able to get rid of players? I mean it’s not as if they are expecting to get top dollar for their rejects. Teams will be trampling each other to get the discounted players that City decides to cast away. Mancini is only concerned about fielding 2 top-notch players at each position. They will gladly throw their scraps to the highest bidders.

Falastur 28 July 2010 at 1:00pm

The heck are you talking about? Of course City need to sell. If you read the news articles at the start of pre-season, City clearly announced “we’re going to buy in players before we sell”. They clearly did it so that they could make balanced, thought-out decisions about who to off-load. They didn’t just wake up one day and go “oh snap! 25 man squads!”. Not to mention that you can have unlimited under-21s and City have been trying to offload several players (i.e. Jo) for ages, so it was always obvious that another 4 or 5 players were for the chop.

Dan Mobbs 28 July 2010 at 1:26pm

Listed at the foot of the article are the 33 players over the age of 21 that complete City’s squad.

Now clearly some of these players are going to have to leave, permanently or temporarily on loan, so as to comply with the Premier league’s new rule and will have to do so within the next month.

As in the example of Robinho, City could have to supplement the wages of some of their departing stars as unbelievably not every club is backed by an oil sheikh and can afford to spend £70k a week on wages.

For example Villa star Ashley Young is paid the comparatively tiny £40k a week according to the Daily Mail, so £70k would be a considerable stretch.

As a result the wages could give City bosses a headache, as clubs might not always be able to afford the move and players will want to hold on to the wage packet that they have become accustomed to.

Is that a fair reflection of the true situation Blue Buffoon?

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