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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Manchester City set to cash in on De Jong

Manchester: Manchester City will sell midfielder Nigel de Jong in the summer transfer window if he fails to agree a new contract at the Etihad Stadium, according to numerous reports in the British press.

De Jong reportedly rejected an offer of a new 100,000-pound-per-week deal at City last year, and has since found first-team opportunities limited this season due to the form of the likes of Yaya Toure, James Milner and Gareth Barry.

While he will not be let go during the January window due to Toure's appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations and Owen Hargreaves' frequent injury and fitness problems, Roberto Mancini could cash in on the Dutchman with his current deal due to expire in 18 months' time.

City have been more frugal with their owners' vast resources due to a need to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations, and so may be forced to sell before they buy in order to strengthen the squad.

The club are willing to discuss a new contract with De Jong, according to the report, but are yet to open talks with his agent Rodger Linse.


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