Manchester City are set to sign Swansea winger Scott Sinclair after agreeing a deal with the Welsh side that could reach £8million including add-ons.
The player’s move seemed to have stalled with Swansea wanting more than the £6.2million originally offered by the Etihad side.
But with only a year left on Sinclair’s contract at the Liberty Stadium, chairman Huw Jenkins has agreed to let the player go.
Sinclair has agreed personal terms for his move, which many have suggested is not the wisest career wise as opportunities may be limited under Roberto Mancini.
Adam Johnson left for Sunderland in a £10m deal because he could not get enough game-time for City and Sinclair could find himself in a similar position.
Chelsea will net a £500,000 bonus when the move goes through because of a clause in the deal when Sinclair left for Swansea from Stamford Bridge.
He cost the Swans £1.5m in 2010 and Roman Abramovich’s club are believed to be entitled to 10 percent of any profit from the player’s next move.
The player’s switch was in doubt when Jenkins spoke up about City’s unwillingness to bend to Swansea’s demands.
‘I would have thought if they really wanted to sign Scott Sinclair they would have dealt with it a little bit better than they have,’ he said, prior to the £8m offer.
‘It has dragged on too long and I hope one way or another it will be concluded in the next couple of days. What has been put out about Scott Sinclair is not true.
‘I don’t want to get into a war of words with Manchester City, but I find it quite unprofessional, really.
‘I don’t know who is putting these stories out, but there’s nothing at all agreed with Manchester City. No deal has been agreed as yet.’