United, Liverpool beware - Man City may be about to steal up all the English talent

Adam Lallana

A difficulty in meeting Premier League and Uefa homegrown player rules may see Manchester City greedily eyeing other clubs EPL grown transfer targets.

There have been several strong reports, as well as certain hints and confirmations from players themselves, that City are preparing to cut several players from their squad over the summer.

Not much of a surprise many will say given the ambition and finances available to the Eastlands outfit - Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are also planning clear outs.

The problem for City will be that many of the players they are rumoured to be cutting loose are homegrown individuals. Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Gareth Barry, Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell are all likely to depart the club, while James Milner has been weighing up the advantages of staying at City with Arsenal and Liverpool interested, and squad players Richard Wright and Dedryck Boyata are also unsure of their future given that their contracts are up this summer.

Such squad changes may not normally make waves for a top European club, but it comes at a time where City need to be careful given the recent financial restrictions placed on them by Uefa as a result of overspending.

Even more pressing is the fact that these departures would leave just Joe Hart and Gael Clichy as homegrown players. The Premier League stipulates that every side must have at least 8 players as part of their 25-man squad list. If City let these players go they will only be able to pick 19 players for next season as the difference is taken out of their allocation, though they will be able to add those 21-years-old and under.

There are similar restrictions in the Champions League though City are already restricted to a squad of 21 as part of their FFP punishment.

The worry for the rest of the league is that Manuel Pellegrini's coffers will likely be filled by any players that do make the move away, and with a clear need for talented young English players that can go on and seize a spot in City's Premier League squad on ability rather than the fact they're homegrown, expect to see the Citizens putting their finger in a lot of club's pies this summer.

Given that there has been an upturn in quality of young players coming through over the last 12 months, with Ross Barkley and John Stones at Everton, to Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez at Southampton to name just a few, City might fancy landing as many of these as possible.

This may well have implications for a variety of rumoured switches, such as Shaw's move to City's rivals Manchester United, Lallana's move to Liverpool and Chelsea's recruitment of Stones.

And as this continues to be the case moving forward, the big clubs of this world, the Manchester United and City, as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, may well spare no expense when it comes to bringing in young Premier League developed players that demonstrate a flash of talent.

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