City set for summer clearout

Manchester City are still willing to let three of their homegrown players leave this summer despite the restrictions placed on the club for failing to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, writes Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper.

Last Updated: 19/05/14 at 12:01 Post Comment

Micah Richards: Could be leaving City this summer

Micah Richards: Could be leaving City this summer

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

City will see their Champions League squad trimmed to 21 names as one of the punishments handed out by European football's governing body, but it appears they will let Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair depart the Etihad Stadium during the forthcoming transfer window.

Coupled with the departures of two other players who are out of contract this summer, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott, it means the new Premier League champions will mount the defence of their title without five of their current English contingent.

UEFA's Champions League squad restriction includes a stipulation that between four and eight players named are 'homegrown', meaning they have to be English or have spent at least three years in an English academy.

City, whose summer transfer business will also be limited to £49m following the FFP breach, have outlined a number of potential targets but none of them are understood to be English after the club were quoted transfer fees which they believe, at this stage, are too excessive.

The sanctions will not affect the plans drawn up Manuel Pellegrini to strengthen his squad, and they look to spell the end of Micah Richards' 13 year association with the club.

Injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta have restricted Richards' first-team opportunities, with just 10 appearances this season, and City may well be prepared to accept a lower fee for the 25-year-old defender with any deal likely to include add-ons based on appearances.

One potential replacement for Richards is Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna - the 31-year-old is out of contract this summer and, as a free transfer, would allow City more space to manoeuvre when looking at transfer fees for other reinforcements.

The futures of midfield duo Rodwell and Sinclair are also uncertain with neither player likely to figure in Pellegrini's latest blueprint.

Rodwell, signed from Everton for £12m, has seen his opportunities hampered by a string of injuries and the club could well be prepared to let him leave on loan to give him first team opportunities.

Sinclair, who was signed by former Blues' boss Roberto Mancini, spent the past season on loan at West Brom, and City are understood to be considering the option of a further temporary deal or even a permanent exit for the player who cost them more than £6m in the summer of 2012.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company