Joleon Lescott will reportedly sacrifice a £5million pay-off in order to secure a summer departure from Manchester City.
The 30-year-old central defender has been frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at the Etihad Stadium this season as City boss Roberto Mancini has regularly left him behind Vincent Kompany, Kolo Toure and Matija Nastasic in his pecking order.
It resulted in Lescott being initially overlooked by England boss Roy Hodgson for the recent World Cup qualification games against San Marino and Montenegro.
However, injury problems to Gary Cahill and Michael Dawson resulted in Lescott being drafted in and he played both matches, while he also started Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League win against Newcastle alongside fit-again skipper Kompany.
But with first-team action less than guaranteed going into next season, Lescott does not want to risk missing out on playing for England at next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil should they qualify.
Therefore he wants a move to a club where he will play on a regular basis next season, which is why reports claim he would forgo his loyalty bonus to get City to lower their £5million asking price and sell him a year before his current contract is due to expire in summer 2014.
It is thought former club Everton, which he left to join City in a £22million deal in 2009, would like to re-sign him, while Aston Villa and Newcastle have also been linked.
[cat_link cat=”manchester-city” type=”grid”]