Famous five in focus
- Fri 19 Aug 2011, 8:45AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
With less than two weeks to go until the transfer window officially "slams shut", it is said that City are having a change of heart over whether to sell or loan players out.
The Express' Richard Tanner gives a comprehensive round-up that covers five City players, with the club now willing to loan out rather than permanently offload.
"Manager Roberto Mancini made it clear many months ago that Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Nedum Onuoha – all signed by his predecessor Mark Hughes (actually Nedum came through our Academy – WTMS Ed.) – did not figure in his plans.
"All five were loaned out last season but they have been back on City’s payroll over the summer and despite Mancini’s cold-shoulder treatment – he left them behind when the club went on a pre-season tour to the US and has forced them to train with the kids – they are still there.
"City have trimmed their squad and wage bill this summer by selling Shay Given, Jerome Boateng, Jo, Felipe Caicedo and loaning Michael Johnson to Leicester for the season. But Mancini wants the group christened the “frozen-out five” moved on – and quick.
"Initially, City’s policy was not to loan them again and instead try to negotiate permanent transfers, with former Blackburn chief executive John Williams recruited specially to find them new clubs."
Over at the Mail, we're told that Roberto Mancini has been told that Samir Nasri would have to be his last buy of the summer - if it were to come to fruition, of course.
"Roberto Mancini's hopes of signing Uruguay centre-back Sebastian Coates before the end of the transfer window have been dashed after he was told spending will end with a £25million deal for Arsenal’s Samir Nasri."
Looking further ahead, and City's squad will be scattered far & wide once the first three Premier league games are over for a swathe of international games. None more so than Sergio Aguero & Pablo Zabaleta, who are in the Argentinean squad to play Venezuela in Kolkata and Nigeria in Dhaka. But there's no place for Carlos Tevez, as discussed at "Hasta El Gol Siempre" - "More fútbol argentino than you can shake a mullet at", it says here...