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Friday, July 30, 2010

Who will leave in the transfer period this summer for Manchester City? by Chris Behrens

A guest post by Chris Behrens for World Football Commentaries

July 25 2010: Manchester's goal keeper Joe Hart (12) stops a goal attempt during the Barclays New York Challenge between the New York Red Bulls and the Manchester City FC at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. New York Red Bulls defeated Manchester City FC 2-1.

Extravagant spending has been Manchester City’s game ever since the Abu Dhabi United group took over in 2008 and this summer has been no different in the trend of transfer spending. However, Manchester City may have to offload some real talent this summer thanks to the new EPL rule which states that teams may have a maximum of 25 players on the roster.

With 37 players on City’s roster with Robinho set to return from his loan deal at Santos (making the count 38), the spending on new players has to come to an end soon. So the question is, “Who will leave in the transfer period this summer for Manchester City?”

Here are five potential options:

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1) Shaun Wright-Phillips: He appeared only 19 times for City this past season (compared to 27 the prior campaign), he’s starting to get older (28), and the addition of a better, younger version of himself (David Silva) doesn’t bode well for his chances. Expect him to leave the club in the next week or two to another EPL squad for a bargain transfer fee.

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2) Roque Santa Cruz: City may have paid around $20 million for his services just a year ago, but injuries and general lack of performances have made him expendable for the club. In 19 appearances, he notched just 3 goals, a paltry return given the expectations put on him. He’ll leave the club in a transfer worth much less than $20 million.

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3) Patrick Viera: Certainly not getting any younger at 34, the former Arsenal legend has stiff competition from Nigel De Jong and new signing, Yaya Toure. There should be no roster spot for this declining star. It’s hard to say where he’ll be in just a few months time.

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 25: Wayne Bridge  of Manchester City plays the ball in front of Dane Richards  of the New York Red Bulls on July 25, 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Red Bulls defeated Manchester City 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

4) Wayne Bridge: With the arrival of the talented, young Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio and his bumbling form following the John Terry scandal, Bridge looks to a be a lock departure from City. It is just a matter of when. Plus, Jérôme Boateng arrived during the summer, and even he was embarrassing against the New York Red Bulls. If you cannot survive against MLS talent, you should not be on Manchester City.

July 25 2010: Red Bulls' Andrew Boyens (27) pulls Manchester's Joleon Lescott (19) shirt in the second half during the Barclays New York Challenge between the New York Red Bulls and the Manchester City FC at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. New York Red Bulls defeated Manchester City FC 2-1.

5) Joleon Lescott: Completely failing to live up to his potential (much because of nagging injuries), Lescott has not impressed thus far since transferring from Everton a year ago. Even though they paid a handsome price for his services, City will be willing to spend whatever it takes to win. That means taking a loss and selling Lescott.

Regardless of who leaves this summer, it will have to be a good chunk of this team. Expect this team to look different (again), this upcoming season. Hopefully for the better, with all the money going in and out of City.

About the Author

Chris Behrens works for SoccerPro.com has written for a variety of soccer sites.

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