Manchester City have decided to keep strikers Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo but are struggling to offload a number of fringe players, according to MirrorFootball.

Negredo is currently sidelined with an ankle injury that has forced Manuel Pellegrini to leave him out of his Champiosn League squad in order to comply with UEFA’s foreign players quota.

The Spaniard has attracted interest from the likes of Valencia and Atletico Madrid this summer, but the Premier League champions are not willing to cash in on the striker just one year after paying £16.4million for him.

Jovetic suffered an injury-hit debut season at the Etihad last term but is also attracting interest from clubs across the continent, including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.

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But City boss Manuel Pellegrini has decided both strikers are crucial to his plans this season and wants a four pronged strike force that also includes Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.

However, Pellegrini is struggling to offload a number of fringe players before the end of the transfer window, with Micah Richards, Matija Nastasic, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti all told that they can leave the club.

But their Etihad departures rely on solely on permanent moves away from the club, with Pellegrini unwilling to entertain loan deals for foursome.

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