Man City plotting drive for English talent after Rodwell capture

Jack Rodwell will not be the last young English player to move to Premier League champions Manchester City, the Daily Mail has claimed, as Roberto Mancini’s side plot a swoop for a number of promising home grown players, starting with Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair.

Rodwell moved from Everton last weekend and the newspaper reports that Sinclair is likely to follow as City attempt to build a spine of English talent to serve the club for the foreseeable future.

After Sinclair other names on the club’s wish list are Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Steven Caulker, who spent last season on loan with Sinclair at Swansea, Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond and England U-21, Team GB and likely new senior England international goalkeeper Jack Butland, also of Birmingham.

The Mail adds that Mancini is personally more interested in strengthening the current make-up of the side, while it is the club’s owners who are pushing this new strategy. Mancini has given his consent to the strategy, however, with the idea being to line up players who represent sensible financial investments, can contribute now but are in line to be key members of the squad in the future.

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