Dzeko, Lescott and Maicon head for City exit as Mancini prepare fire sale to fund move for Fellaini
23:21 GMT, 21 February 2013
02:06 GMT, 22 February 2013
Manchester City want to significantly slash their wage bill this summer with a ruthless clear-out.
The current Barclays Premier League holders have already begun the process of making their salary expenditure more cost-effective from next season by instructing a number of third-parties to find buyers for a host of players this summer.
Newly-appointed director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano have made it a top priority to streamline the club’s wage bill.
Edin for the exit: Dzeko and Joleon Lescott are among those set to leave City this summer
Players City are committed to offloading this summer are Maicon, Joleon Lescott, Edin Dzeko and Scott Sinclair.
The futures of Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia, Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri are also under review ahead of the summer shake-up.
Furthermore, City will make an instant 15million annual saving once Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure’s contracts expire at the end of the season.
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The Etihad Stadium club will also look to use their unwanted stars as makeweights in their attempts to sign fresh blood.
The imminent clear-out is, in part, to ensure the club fall into UEFA’s financial fair play guidelines, but also designed to give the club more leeway in terms of wages in the transfer market this summer.
City will look to make at least two significant purchases, with Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, who has a 52million release clause, already identified.
Targeted: Roberto Mancini hopes to recruit Marouane Fellaini
Manager Roberto Mancini will also look to add a box-to-box central midfielder to his ranks, with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini viewed as a leading candidate.
It is understood the Toffees are aware of City’s growing interest in the Belgium international, but are unwilling to make a decision on his future until the end of the season.
City would be willing to stretch to 23million to land Fellaini, who is also a long-term target for Chelsea, in the summer and have already earmarked young striker John Guidetti as a sweetener in the deal. Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is also a target for City.