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Manchester City manager Roberton Mancini prepared to sell Nigel de Jong after Jack Rodwell arrival

Mark Ogden

Published 14/08/2012 | 09:39

Milan bound: Nigel De Jong played starring role in Community Shield win but could leave after Jack Rodwell's arrival
Milan bound: Nigel De Jong played starring role in Community Shield win but could leave after Jack Rodwell's arrival

Roberto Mancini is ready to sanction the sale of Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong to Inter Milan following the £15m purchase of Jack Rodwell.

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The City manager, who is also happy for out-of-favour winger Adam Johnson to move to Everton on a season-long loan deal, had been determined to retain De Jong until the January transfer window due to the groin injury that is set to sideline Gareth Barry until mid-September.

But with Inter stepping up their interest in De Jong in recent weeks, Mancini is now prepared to sell the Holland international following the breakdown of contract negotiations last summer.

Although De Jong is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium next summer, there have no moves at City to resume talks following the failure to agree terms on a new deal 12 months ago, with Mancini believing that the 27-year-old, an £18m buy from Hamburg in Jan 2009, does not possess the all-round attributes to challenge for a regular first-team position.

Attempts to bolster City’s midfield options with Roma’s Daniele de Rossi have failed, with the Italian club demanding €28m for the Italy international, but Rodwell’s arrival eases the shortage of options during Barry’s absence.

And while City are in no rush to sell De Jong should a suitable offer fail to materialise, Inter’s readiness to pay in the region of £6m for the player is likely to prompt a deal.

City’s interest in the Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is unlikely to go any further following the Anfield club’s rejection of a £20m offer for the Danish centre-half.

With Liverpool keen to raise as much as £30m for the 27-year-old, City are ready to move their sights elsewhere in their search for defensive reinforcements.

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