Manchester City plot £100m January spending spree with Edin Dzeko top of the list

Player to be offered on top of £35m swoop for Wolfsburg striker

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been told he will have an astonishing £100 million transfer kitty at his disposal in January, UK can reveal.

The Italian was informed in a conference call with the club’s billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak eight days ago that he will be backed to the hilt in the next window.

This comes after City revealed a loss of £121m last month in their latest set of accounts and spent £97m net on players in the last transfer window.


Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko tops the club’s list of targets, although City are not willing to pay more than £35m cash for a player the German club value at £50m. It is understood City are willing to offer a player in part-exchange to smooth through the deal and make up the shortfall.

The 24-year-old's camp were guests of City for the Manchester derby on Wednesday night and were also shown around the club's training ground this week, but City face competition from Juventus, who are keen to bolster their strike force and have significant funds at their disposal.

City chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood have flown to Abu Dhabi to deliver a progress report to Sheikh Mansour and Al Mubarak.

During a weekend in which they will also take in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the quartet will discuss the club’s January transfer business and how they intend to trim the squad of some of Mancini’s fringe players.

One of the main items on the agenda will be how to reduce the wage bill in line with Uefa’s fair-play regulations.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who earns around £180,000-a-week, Wayne Bridge, who has a £95,000 weekly salary, and Roque Santa Cruz, who is on £90,000-a-week, are among the players for whom City are willing to listen to offers.

If these three players are off-loaded City could save nearly £20m a year.

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