Mancini must sell to fund City signing

Uefa financial fair play rules mean leaders have to offload players before hitting January sales.

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, has admitted that he must sell players if he is to buy next month, as he seeks to build on the Christmas top spot which, in his managerial career, he has tended to convert into a title.

"Now we need to sell two or three players and then we'll see," Mancini said ahead of today's trip to West Bromwich Albion – a clear signal that the strictures of financial fair play are on a club who lost £195m in the last financial year. "Now we want to sell, and after we may have time to buy someone if it's possible. But it's not easy."

Much rests on Carlos Tevez's departure, with last Thursday's discussions between City chief executive John MacBeath and Milan officials in Manchester only preliminary. Mancini also hopes to see Wayne Bridge and Nedum Onuoha, whom he has had training with the reserves, out of the club.

Roma's Daniele de Rossi is one player he covets – and believes will incur a fee of just £5m, with minimal resale value at the age of 28, though the Italian's Tevez-bracket wages could be an impediment. "I don't think [we'll secure him] because De Rossi was born in Rome and it's unlikely that he'll leave the city [after 11 years at Roma]. There are players that could be good for us, but every time we want to buy a player their clubs ask for lots of money." He also seeks a central midfielder and central defender.

Senior executives at several Premier League top-six clubs privately feel that City will not be the same force in the second half of the season, as others will be more familiar with how to play them. But Mancini believes that, with Manchester United facing a number of tough away games – at Arsenal, Chelsea and City – his side can even afford to slip a few points behind them.

"I've told the guys that we can be second for three or four games, and go one or two points behind United," he said. "But it won't change anything. We know that United have to play many games away and we can recover points in those moments. I think we've got more chance if we have that attitude."

Mancini, who expects to have Edin Dzeko recovered from an ankle problem to play at The Hawthorns, said that topping Serie A at Christmas had "usually" seen his Internazionale sides to the title. Mancini won three consecutive titles while with the Milan club, making him the club's most successful domestic manager of recent times. "When you're on the top then you usually win, but here it's different. It's a good omen to be top at Christmas but it would be a better omen if United lost three games," he said.

"I'm very sorry when there are injuries like [Darren] Fletcher has [suffered]. I hope the [injured United players] can come back quickly. But this is football, sometimes it can happen. For this reason January is very important. When you are a strong team and you have a difficult moment you pull together and use it to stay where you are. United are very strong like that."

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
tech

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

News
There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law
news

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
News
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
i100
Sport
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London