Manchester City prepare summer clearout: Dzeko, Maicon and Lescott

Manchester City look set to sell off several first team players during the summer, as the club slashes it’s huge wage bill.

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According to reports in the Daily Mail, manager Roberto Mancini has been told he needs to make the cull, in order to make way for new signings.

Edin Dzeko, Maicon and Joleon Lescott have all been mentioned as possibles to be shown the door, while the long term future of Carlos Tevez remains unclear. With the club reportedly preparing moves for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the feelers have already been put out about offloading those deemed surplus to requirements.

City currently trail title rivals Manchester United by twelve points, and Mancini is understood to be prepared to sell a number of expensive stars to rebuild his squad for the next campaign. New director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano will look to cut costs this summer, and Dzeko, Lescott, Maicon and Scott Sinclair will be shown the door.

Gareth Barry, Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and Javi Garcia are also in danger, and could be sold if the right offer comes along. However, the futures of Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure are already known, with the trio set to leave when their current contracts expire.

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