Roberto Mancini refuses to fall into last summer’s trap, in which he believes the club’s inability to sign the players targeted has undermined the competitiveness of the squad in all competitions, according to The Guardian.
However, the Italian remains aware the club will have to adapt to the Uefa’s financial fair play rules, so a fire sale is needed in order to reduce the wage bill.
Some of the exits are more certain than others, as Kolo Toure, Roque Santa Cruz or Wayne Bridge finish their contracts in June and a renewal will not be considered.
Players like Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry or Joleon Lescott have one year left on their deals however, and club chiefs know the summer window could be the last chance of getting some cash for some of their most attractive players.
Mancini, along with chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain, will also have to study the case of other players whose performance has been patchy, such as Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko, Maicon or Scott Sinclair; with John Guidetti also on the shortlist after several injury problems.
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