Sunderland alerted as Mancini confirms Johnson can leave Man City

After reports surfaced at the weekend that Sunderland had made an approach to sign Adam Johnson, Roberto Mancini has publicly announced that the winger can leave Manchester City. Reported by ESPN, the Italian boss has accepted that the 25-year-old wants to play regular first team football and so will allow him that opportunity.

He said: “He is a young guy, a good player and he wants to play. If we can find a good solution for him, maybe it is better. We had two or three situations and we are talking with him about this. He wants to play.

The availability of Johnson will alert the likes of Liverpool and Everton as well as the Black Cats after both Merseyside clubs expressed an interest earlier this summer. It is thought that Sunderland are looking at a permanent deal whilst the other two clubs are keen on a loan.

The England international signed for the current Premier League champions in January of 2010 from Middlesbrough. He has played 96 Premier League games for the club and grabbed 13 goals for the Etihad Stadium side and missed out on the national team squad for Euro 2012.

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