Man City seeking to axe up to 20 players in January

Manchester City are looking to sell up to 20 players in the next two transfer windows in order to reduce their wage bill to adhere to UEFA’s financial fair play regulations, The Telegraph reports.

City currently have 63 players on professional contracts with a cumulative wage total of around £174 million, £21 million higher than their current turnover.

The club hopes to lower the number of professional playing staff to a figure closer to 40, with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge all likely to move on.

One aspect of this fire-sale which could prove to be tricky for City to negate is the high wages their players are currently on.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz are out on loan at Tottenham Hotspur and Real Betis respectively, but it is unlikely those clubs could match the salaries City are paying the strikers.

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