By John Richardson
MANCHESTER CITY boss Roberto Mancini will make a move for Swansea winger Scott Sinclair this week – opening up a possible loan exit for frustrated England star Adam Johnson.
Mancini is also expected to increase his bid for Italian international midfi elder Daniele de Rossi as he attempts to put in place a squad equipped to defend the Premier League title and make an impact in the Champions League.
Sinclair is the more likely arrival before the transfer window slams shut at midnight on August 31.
The former Chelsea player (above) only has 12 months of his contract to run and is refusing to talk about a new
deal – meaning Swansea are likely to cash in providing City increase their opening £5million offer.
Sinclair would jump at the chance of joining City and it would mean a return to Manchester for the player’s partner, former Coronation star Helen Flanagan, who plays Rosie Webster. Sinclair’s arrival would almost certainly leave Mancini open to loan offers or even a permanent deal for Johnson, who has failed to hold down a regular place.
Johnson impressed in spells in England’s midweek win over Italy but knows he needs regular football to remain in Roy Hodgson’s plans.
Mancini added: “Adam probably deserves to play because he is a good player but sometimes it’s not easy because I can only play with 11.
“We have time to talk about whether he can go out on loan. It’s difficult because we need the players.
“We will be playing every three days.”
But if City snap up Sinclair, then Everton and Sunderland would be quick to ask for Johnson on loan.