They might need to oil the revolving door at City’s Carrington training complex this Summer, it looks like it could be their biggest transfer window yet, but maybe that is with players leaving rather than arriving.
Our friends at The Times are today keeping us posted on the latest murmurings around Eastlands. They reckon that Roberto Mancini has made Napoli striker Edinson Cavani his top priority this Summer, with Alexis Sanchez of Udinese a close second. The paper though says all this is reliant on players being booted out of the back door, so lets take a look at the runners and riders and see who is most likely to be moved on:
Likeliness To Leave – 5/10 – Possible Desinations: Newcastle United & Fulham
He possesses pace that many members of the City midfield don’t and he has the ability to beat a man. I think he is deserving of a place in the squad, especially as a substitute because I think he could scare opposition defences. The player lately has suggested he would like to remain at the club and end his career at Eastlands as long as he still features from time to time, I have a suspicion SWP might still be at the club next season!
Likeliness To Leave – 10/10 – Possible Destinations: Juventus, AC Milan
I always felt he was good for goals when he did play, although admittedly his work rate was pretty poor. I would suggest now that the writing is on the wall, as soon as he was loaned out his career at Eastlands was essentially over, it now seems likely that Real won’t make the loan a permanent move but clubs in Italy have supposedly shown interest in the lanky striker.
Likeliness To Leave: 9/10 – Possible Destinations: West Ham or a promoted team.
Bridge is currently demonstrating decent form at West Ham, probably down to the confidence gained from a run of appearances in the team. When you consider what a hard time City have had filling the left back position though, the fact Bridge was farmed out so readily really demonstrates what little future he has at the club. If West Ham stay up, they may look to make the signing permanent.
Likeliness To Leave: 7/10 – Possible Destination: Sunderland
Part of me hopes that he was only loaned out this season to gain fitness and sharpness, that seems slightly unlikely now though, especially with the emergence of Dedryck Boyata and the improvement of Joleon Lescott. He has performed well at Sunderland and I would be surprised if they didn’t attempt to sign him on a permanent basis, but I think Mancini might have one more look at Neds before making a decision.
Likeliness To Leave – 1o/10 – Possible Destination: Cardiff
Bellers was brilliant for City during his short spell at the club, but things now seem to have come to an end. The decision to send him on loan too Cardiff at the start of the season was pretty much the final nail in the coffin. If Cardiff are promoted I can see him wanting to stay there to help in the Premier League, and if they don’t I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t take a wage cut to remain there anyway.
Likeliness To Leave: 8/10 – Possible Destinations: Benfica, Birmingham City
Mancini has used Jo more than you would expect this season and the striker sadly has looked no better than when he was first signed. I can’t really see him staying, and there have been various rumours circulating that Benfica or Birmingham might move for him, if an offer comes in I will happily drive him to wherever it is myself.
Likeliness To Leave: 9/10 – Possible Destinations: Blackburn, Fulham
The towering striker has never really had a career at City, Mark Hughes was desperate to sign him, but he was immediately surplus to requirements. There isn’t really anything to criticise on the players part, he always tried he just clearly wasn’t good enough. A move this Summer is a certainty, Rovers might want to make his signing permanent, and Mark Hughes might want to reunite with the striker at Fulham.
Likeliness To Leave: 5/10 – Possible Destinations: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus
Could go either way, obviously City would prefer to keep him, but if the player is unhappy and wants to move, the club might be very tempted to sell. The sort of money that it would bring in would allow Mancini to bring in a couple of top drawer players. It seems that Italy is the most likely destination, although whether Serie A sides could afford him remains to be seen, the only other real option is free spending Real Madrid.
Likeliness To Leave: 10/10 – Possible Destination: Levante
Caicedo is currently performing reasonably well in La Liga and is gaining a few admiring glances in Spain. He was never an awful player for City, in fact he scored some important goals in his time, but the club has moved on. Let down by an awful first touch, he will never be a player at a top club, which is sad because he works hard and he has the required physical attributes.
So there we have it, amazing how many strikers City have collected over the last few years, a shame so many of them are average at best! As for the possible signings of Cavani and Sanchez, I can definitely see one of them at Eastlands next Summer, but I feel that if both of them are to arrive a certain Argentine will have to be sold to make way. Tevez aside though, City could bring in a cool £47million with the sale of the rest of them (that is my rough estimates are anything close to accurate) and I don’t really think many of them will be overly missed!
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