Manchester City shed five English players despite Uefa curb
Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry, Scott Sinclair and Joleon Lescott all look on their way out of the Etihad in the summer
Manchester City still intend to shed five English or home-grown players this summer despite Friday’s Uefa Financial Fair Play punishment reducing the number of foreigners they can use in next season’s Champions League.
City – who have had a £49 million net cap imposed on their summer’s spending and will be permitted to use four fewer foreigners in next season’s Champions League squad – will press ahead regardless and move on Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry, Scott Sinclair and Joleon Lescott.
The club decided several months ago that Richards would be released, with Liverpool a possible destination amid doubts that the Anfield club will agree a new, more incentivised wage deal with right-back Glen Johnson.
The club feel Rodwell needs more football and will either send him out on loan or sell him, with his previous club Everton ready to seize that opportunity. Arsenal’s interest in Barry may prevent Everton keeping the 33-year-old loanee, whose City contract expires next month. Sinclair remains one of the former manager Roberto Mancini’s most baffling signings, while Lescott has known for weeks that he is surplus to requirements.
It is possible that the reduction in City’s Champions League squad could mean a pro-rata reduction in the number of home-grown players they must use next season. But a lack of Englishmen severely restricts their options. The clear-out would leave only Joe Hart, James Milner, Gaël Clichy (home-grown at Arsenal) and reserve keeper Richard Wright for Europe, with the defender Dedryk Boyata an option for the substitute’s bench with a surprise new contract in the offing. City are bullish about the squad limitations imposed on them.
They feel frustrated by the way they have been characterised as bad for the development of English players. They argue that Richards’ failure to emerge as a top English talent is a result of his frequent injuries, rather than a reluctance to pick him. City are among many clubs who also argue that the new Under-21 Premier League, won last week by Chelsea, is simply not of a sufficiently high standard to allow players to step straight up to the first team.
Meanwhile, managerless Manchester United have agreed a deal with FK Vojvodina to sign Serbia youth goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic. The 17-year-old will stay with the Serbian side next season before moving to Old Trafford.
Milinkovic’s transfer is the first by United since they sacked manager David Moyes. The Dutchman Louis van Gaal is widely expected to be announced as the new manager in the next few days.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
British Grand Prix 2015: What time does it start, where can I watch it and are tickets still available?
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germany in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Why is it that there’s no women’s team at Manchester United? - Michael Calvin
Chelsea transfer news: Diego Costa wants a reunion with £25m Manchester United target Arda Turan... because he loves his kebabs
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture