Manchester City may have tasted Premier League glory last season, but the Citizens could fill a team with the amount of dead wood they're carrying. City's super-spending over the last few years has seen them pick up a number of players that have since been deemed surplus to requirements, so with a massive summer clear out on the cards, talkSPORT take a look at possible destinations for City's team of rejects...
Roque Santa Cruz
Remember him? Bought for £17.5m in 2009, Santa Cruz is one of a series of City signings that have since been loaned out elsewhere. A brief spell at Blackburn was followed by a season-long loan to Real Betis in 2011/12. Roberto Mancini doesn't rate Santa Cruz, but Betis certainly do, after he scored goals against the likes of Barcelona. The player has expressed his desire to stay at the Seville-based club permanently, and is willing to take a wage cut in order to do so. With Betis guaranteed at least one more season in the Spanish first division, it's up to City to decide how much they're willing to let him leave for. As it stands, Betis are finding it difficult to meet City's evaluation of the player, though with much of the transfer window still remaining, Santa Cruz says he's optimistic the two clubs can reach an agreement.
Possible destination: Real Betis
John Terry's old sparring partner has long been out of the picture at City, and most recently plied his trade at Martin O'Neill's Sunderland. His time in the north east wasn't exactly stellar either, making only ten appearances for the Black Cats. Newly-promoted Reading were hotly tipped to make a move for the defender, but in the end he had to settle for yet another loan, this time to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Destination: Brighton & Hove Albion
Former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has struggled to recover his place in City's team following a lengthy drugs ban last year, and with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott now City's first choice pair in the centre of defence, Toure looks increasingly likely to leave. PSG were reportedly interested in his services during the winter transfer window, but with Thiago Silva making the move to Paris, the French don't plan on making further signings. Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are chasing the Ivorian, but it's thought that his unrealistic demands may slow down a potential deal.
Possible destination: Al Hilal
At £25m Emmanuel Adebayor is yet another big signing for City that has since been discarded. Manu's career at the Etihad started brightly in 2009, scoring in his first four games, including a strike against former side Arsenal, but when Mark Hughes gave way to Roberto Mancini the Togolese striker soon slipped down the pecking order. A loan spell at Real Madrid in 2011 was successful, but the Spanish side decided not to make his move permanent and a similar move to Tottenham has since followed. Adebayor was a runaway success at White Hart Lane, and Spurs have made it clear that they want to keep him there permanently, but his wages may need to drop significantly to make the transfer possible.
Possible destinations: Tottenham Hotspur
With Kolo Toure's departure to the African Cup of Nations last winter, Stefan Savic had his chance to prove himself at the back for City. The result was disastrous, with the worst moment coming after the player was subbed at half-time in a 1-0 defeat to Swansea. Savic still has three years left on his contract at the Etihad, but with interest from Sporting Lisbon and Roma on the cards, City could be tempted to cut their losses. Championship side Wolves are also thought to be considering a loan offer.
Possible destinations: Roma, Sporting Lisbon, Wolves
Once considered a future star for City, Adam Johnson struggled to make an impact last season after being omitted from the starting lineup more often than not. Roberto Mancini criticised him for his lack of focus last year, and it looks increasingly likely he'll leave City in the summer. Liverpool are one side reportedly interested along with AVB's Tottenham. Sunderland are also said to be considering offering him a return to the North east, with Johnson starting his career at Boro.
Possible destinations: Sunderland, Liverpool, Tottenham
NIGEL DE JONG
Midfield hard man Nigel de Jong is finding life difficult at City these days, becoming more of a squad player than a starting regular last season. Though he claims he's happy to warm the bench as a result of City's rotation policy, it's thought that a move to Italian giants Inter could tempt him to reconsider.
Possible destinations: Inter Milan
What a difference the summer can make. Unpredictable Balotelli went from City hero to Villain in the space of weeks, but after a strong showing for Italy at Euro 2012, it looks like he's back in the hero category once again. Roberto Mancini claimed that he would never play for City again last season, but it remains to be seen whether the Italian is true to his word. Famously an AC Milan supporter, the Italian side are looking for a striker now that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has departed for PSG. Could Balotelli be the answer?
Possible destinations: Milan
Edin Dzeko became one of Europe's hottest prospects during his time at Wolfsburg, but his spell at Manchester City has been a disappointment for both the player and his club. During the first half of last season his four goals against Tottenham in particular suggested he would finally fulfil his promise, but goals dried up in the latter half of the year, leading to him falling out of favour with Roberto Mancini. Dzeko is another striker rumoured to be a potential Ibra replacement at Milan, with his agent claiming that talks are going well.
Possible destinations: Milan
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