As City looked to be heading towards melt down on the field and Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez continued to grab the headlines for reasons of varying positivity you could be forgiven for neglecting Mancini’s increasing reluctance to employ the abilities of Adam Johnson.
But it has been noticeable that the winger has been utilised less and less as the season has progressed, and The Mail Online suggest that Mancini is ready to offload the England international in the summer.
Understandably the talented 24 year old is not short of suitors with The Mail reporting Sunderland and Everton as early front runners for the Man City misfit.
Mancini’s reasoning for his loss of faith in the Mackam man is his reluctance to carry out his defensive duties, a side of City’s play that many of City’s recent signings such as Nasri and Silva have struggled to adapt to.
Johnson himself is rumoured to be unhappy with his lack of first team opportunities and is therefore becoming increasingly keen on a move. The fee of around £10 million City are expected to demand plus the players wages of around £50,000 a week are likely to prove too much for Everton’s prudent Chairman but Sunderland seem a real possibility.
Martin O’Neil is keen to bring Johnson back to his North-East home and the Sunderland club look set to reward O’Neil’s good start as manager with a summer spending spree.
Liverpool would also benefit from the signing of Johnson given the poor form of Downing this season. If the merseyside giants are serious about once again challenging for honours they must be willing to offload players who have not preformed, regardless of the fees paid and bring in some players hungry to preform.
Perhaps the only serious prospect that could see Johnson remain in Manchester beyond the summer is a possible change in the club’s management.
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