City boss Roberto Mancini has been told that he must trim his squad before opening his cheque book to sign new players as the club’s hierarchy aim to slash their expenditure before UEFA’s financial fair play rulings come into effect.
Reports have indicated that Dzeko and De Jong will be the first to be pushed through the Etihad Stadium exit after two of Europe’s top sides stated their interest in signing the pair.
Bundesliga side Bayern Munich are allegedly chasing after Bosnian international Dzeko after he declared his intentions to leave the Premier League champions last month just 18-months after £27 million move from Wolfsburg.
The 26-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular spot in Mancini’s starting lineup and fell further down the pecking order at the tail end of last season after Carlos Tevez’s return from a self-imposed exile.
Rumours are that he’s already instructed Irfan Redzepagic to find him a new club and it appears as if Bayern are preparing a £20 million to bring the striker back to Germany.
De Jong, on the other hand, is attracting attention from Serie A as Napoli are said to be weighing up a bid after he spent much of the campaign on the fringes of the first team playing just 14 league games.
The tough tackling Holland international was once the first name on Mancini’s team sheet but with Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure striking up a solid understanding in the City engine room his chances have been limited and a move to Italy could appeal to De Jong.
It’s thought Mancini is hoping to make around £35 million from the pair that will be put towards his summer transfer kitty.