Manchester City fringe players who can now be offloaded to cut the wage bill

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Transfer Rumors 

Manchester City are on the verge of signing Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid for a large transfer fee, and the diminutive Argentine will be paid handsomely for swapping the Vicente Calderon for Eastlands. With another high paid star on the books, and the club one of the biggest spenders in terms of salaries in Europe, a number of players need to be sold to recuperate the transfer fees spent and limit the wage bill.

Although Sheik Mansour and the owners of the football club are not overly concerned with the amount of money spent given the multi-millions at their disposal, Fifa’s new financial fair play ruling could have a real impact on the leading clubs over the next couple of seasons. With a deal to sell the naming rights of the stadium in place to help to try and balance the profit and loss account, the next sensible move is to ditch a number of top earning players that do not warrant large salaries.

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Hughes Gets Time

January 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Mark Hughes, Transfer Rumors, Transfer Targets 


Despite being criticized roundly in the British press when they bought the club, Man City’s new owners have proven they understand the English game better than many other ownership group. Resisting the temptation spurned by gamblers and newspapers to sack Mark Hughes following City’s embarrassing performance in the FA Cup on Saturday, the owners along with Chief Executive Gary Cook maintained that Hughes will be given time to rebuild the squad.

A year and a half after Sven Goran Eriksson remade City in his image, the signings of Summer 2007 represent dead weight for the club. Martin Petrov and Valeri Bojinov are perennially injured, while Elano cannot co-exist it appears with Hughes.

Saturday’s signing of Wayne Bridge is only the beginning of Hughes attempts to bolster the squad. With City eliminated from the FA Cup, the club can concentrate on the league and European qualification for next season. Additionally, elimination from the FA Cup could boost City’s opportunity to compete with enhanced depth in the UEFA Cup.

Hughes deserves the entire season to right the ship should relegation worries not persist. A fair evaluation cannot be done of the manager until May and City’s decisive statement supporting the manager are to be applauded.

Transfer Talk

December 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Following City’s dramatic come from behind draw at Ewood Park Sunday, Mark Hughes seems revitilized and secure in his job to pursue domestic transfer targets, as suggested on this site over a week ago. With the exception of one of two key players I would personally wait until the Summer to pursue targets from outside English football.

Here are some of theĀ  realistic possible moves.


  • Shay Given
  • Roque Santa Cruz who was signed by Hughes to play for Blackburn last season
  • Stephan Warnock who also played for Hughes.
  • Michael Owen
  • Scott Parker
  • Craig Bellamy
  • David Villa
  • Marcos Senna


  • Jo
  • Elano
  • Shaun Wright Phillips
  • Kasper Schmiechel

Beginning January 1st we’ll have daily coverage of what is sure to be a frantic month for the club.