Manchester City have had a relatively quiet summer transfer-wise, with Scott Sinclair expected to become only Roberto Mancini’s second addition of the 2012/2013 season.
Sinclair was left out of Swansea’s 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday, fuelling rumours that a move away from the Liberty Stadium is imminent for the 23-year-old.
And Mancini himself confirmed that he hopes to conclude a deal for the winger, who represented Team GB at this summer’s Olympic Games.
Mancini told Sky Sports reporters, “We have five days and we should work really hard, but no-one spoke to me during the game about Scott Sinclair.”
The move represents another attempt by City meanwhile to secure the services of young British talent, as they did when signing Jack Rodwell earlier this month.
Sinclair will be a like-for-like replacement for the recently-departed Adam Johnson at Eastlands, after the latter sealed a £10million transfer to Sunderland this past weekend.
Meanwhile, the move will represent a massive challenge for Sinclair, who previously flopped in his only other venture at a club where the pressure to win silverware is unrelenting.
Of course, the wide man began his career at Chelsea, but it took a permanent switch to the Swans for him to fully find his feet in the game.
More than 20 Championship goals as the Jacks were promoted cemented his place in Swansea folklore, but Sinclair will now have to prove himself at the very top level again.
And whilst Sinclair may prove the next Etihad arrival, it appears he won’t be the last addition to Mancini’s squad before the transfer window closes on Friday.
Spanish international Javi Martinez remains a high priority target, as the Citizens hope to persuade Athletic Bilbao to budge somewhat on their £30million asking price.
Martinez is one of a number of potential captures, and Edinson Cavani and Hulk in particular still interest City’s Italian chief also.
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