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City plan clearout of players

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Manchester City are planning to restructure their player recruitment policy with a summer clearout of players.  Their wage bill has risen above £200m and threatens their ability to comply with Uefa's financial fair play rules.

Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, City's recently appointed chief executive and director of football, want to cut the number of players on the books.   City have over 50 professionals and the former Barcelona executives calculate that more than half of those need to be moved.   Many of the players City have under contract are judged not to be capable of playing for the first team.

Soriano and Begiristain want to abandon City's transfer strategy of recruiting the world's best player in a given position.  Instead they envisage a squad composed of five or six elite individuals backed up by a group of well-scouted 'mid-tier' footballers capable of developing into world class performers.