Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has not surprised the Football Transfer Tavern punters after making Scott Sinclair and Gareth Barry available for sale this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Pellegrini left the English pair behind as the squad travelled to Helsinki for their final pre-season game with Premier League rivals Arsenal just seven days until the start of the Premier League season.
The new City boss has added a number of midfield players to his squad this summer and so is happy to allow the deadwood to leave.
Sinclair has been linked to a number of Premier League clubs this summer including West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Everton but the majority of interested parties are only looking for a loan deal whereas City want a permanent move.
Clubs are not prepared to match Sinclair’s wages which rocketed when he moved from Swansea City to the Etihad Stadium last summer.
Barry will be available on the cheap and will push through a move away from the North West in order to help his England career, what with it being a World Cup season.
Arsenal and Liverpool have both been touted as maintaining an interest in Barry but Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio could make an ambitious offer to lure the former Aston Villa man to the Stadium of Light.
Pellegrini will trim his squad before the end of the transfer window and Sinclair and Barry may not be the only ones shown the exit door in the next few weeks with fellow England men James Milner and Joleon Lescott also set to be left out in the cold.