Another reason why Manchester City will be watched closely during the summer transfer window

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Several English players have been linked with moves away from the club.

It seems as though several players are heading for the exit at Manchester City this summer, despite their successful first season under the stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini, which has produced a Premier League title win alongside the League Cup.

Funnily enough, a large proportion of the players linked with a move away from the club are English and James Milner is headlining that list of players.

Milner, who has been offered a new deal by City, appears to want out according to reports with Arsenal and Liverpool amongst the clubs heavily linked with the midfielder. Joleon Lescott, Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Gareth Barry and Jack Rodwell have also been linked with moves away from the club.

Also, City have the homegrown quota for the summer as they need to have a certain amount of players produced from academies in this country to make up part of their squad for the new season. So how do they go about this?

With the Financial FairPlay impact on the club, City may try to buy good youngsters that have yet to make the grade but that would be a big risk if they wanted to include them in their squad for both the Premier League and Champions League.

The club also does have some promising players coming through the academy, but whether they feel they are well equipped to deal with the demands of both the Premier League and Champions League football remains to be seen.

It seems hard to believe that City will want to let a whole catalogue of English players go and not have adequate replacements drafted in to comply with the regulations. They seem to be doing as much as they can to keep James Milner at the club – who is under contract until the summer of 2015, but they could risk losing him on a free transfer.

Gareth Barry has spent the season on loan at Everton and looks set to leave on a free transfer, Joleon Lescott has been linked with a move away and is playing second fiddle to Martin Demichelis, even with Matija Nastasic sidelined through injury, whilst Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair have barely been seen during this campaign.

There is the optioning of signing players who have come through the ranks in this country who have gone abroad, but whether that interests City.

Either way it may be a conundrum they may have to solve. And with Financial Fair Play impacting in the club, it will be yet another reason why Manchester City will be closely watched during this summer’s transfer window.

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