Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo could be axed from the club’s Champions League campaign, according to MirrorSport.
The £31.9miilion arrival of Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala means City’s overseas quote stands at 17 players, which is one more than they are allowed following the sanctions placed on them by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
And it is believed Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini is planning to cut the Spanish striker from his 21-man Champions League squad, which he must name at the end of this month.
Negredo is currently sidelined with a broken foot and is expected to miss City’s first two group games in the competition anyway, which is thought to be the main reason behind Pellegrini’s decision.
However, the 28-year-old’s omission could add to the uncertainty surrounding his Etihad future, with the striker understandably gutted to be missing out after netting five times in last season’s group stages.
Negredo scored 23 goals in all competitions in his debut season last term and expects to be one of the club’s first choice strikers once he returns to full fitness, despite the club willing to listen to offers before injury struck last month.
But his future at the club is now under fresh doubt, with a move away from the club in January a real possibility.