Manchester City are embarking on a major summer clear-out as they prepare to make room for Robin Van Persie, reports website TRANSFERmarketWEB.com.
According to the website Edin Dzeko is the most likely to leave the Etihad stadium due to the fact that he is a £25 million target for German side Bayern Munich. It also claims that Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor will also all be ushered towards the exit in order to lighten the club’s wage bill in preparation for the arrival of the Arsenal and Dutch striker.
The fact that City seem to be attempting to lower the club’s wage bill must be an indication of their determination to follow UEFA’s financial fair play policies, but the fact they seem to have so many strikers on their books seems to suggest that in previous years people have been transferred in with little traffic out.
I for one am hardly surprised City are so interested in signing Van Persie. After all who wouldn’t want him in their team? And with the talents that City have got in their midfield, such as Silva, one could easily see Van Persie being top scorer in the Premiership again next season.
Adebayor seems an obvious choice to get rid of, as does Santa Cruz. The departure of Tevez is long overdue, in-fact I believe the fact Mancini allowed the AOL striker back to the fold halfway through the season shows a weakness in his leadership and authority.
The one name on the reported departure list that I feel is most harsh is that of Edin Dzeko. It is true that he was some what of a bit part player in his first season at the Etihad, but to be fair he still made 45 appearances and scored 16 goals, some of which turned out to be very important.
It is important to remember that it was his first season in the Premiership and I see no reason why the 26 year old couldn’t become as good as Van Persie with some more seasons under his belt. I would guess that the reason he is to be sold is only due to the fact that City have already got a buyer in Bayern.
The thing with Manchester City is that they want evverything now. They don’t need to plan for the future to the same degree as other clubs because they can just buy what they want now. They buy Van Persie because he scored the most goals last season. If Carroll scores the most next season, chances are they’ll buy him.
To me the gulf in financial clout between the likes of City and Chelsea, and the rest of the Premiership is extremely unfair and I believe it is slowly killing the game I love. The whole football environment used to be all about nurturing and developing players and the success a club attained was closely linked to how good a particular club was at this.
The fact that certain clubs can just cherry pick the best players and managers at will means they can effectively buy success. But surely success is much sweeter when you have experienced all the hardship that was necessary to endure to achieve the success?
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