Jack Rodwell leads the list of players Manchester City need to offload

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After winning the Premier League title last season, Manchester City proved that they are one of the best teams in the world. A team of that standard cannot be seen to be carrying players. Here are five players Manuel Pellegrini should be looking to sell this summer...

5. Stevan Jovetic

The Montenegrin international has struggled to break into this Manchester City side, suffering injury problems during his first season. A previously reasonable goalscorer for Italian side Fiorentina with 35 goals in 116 appearances, many thought he would set the world alight in the Premier League but it hasn’t happened as of yet.

Why should he move?

The 24-year old needs a move away from the Etihad this season to rekindle his form, as Manchester City may have been a step too far for the player. Enduring the fast-paced football of the Premier League has proven a little too much for Jovetic, who scored just three times last season.

Where should he move?

Italy could be a favoured destination for the striker, as Juventus are rumoured to be very interested. Inter Milan could be an option as they have reportedly already made three unsuccessful bids. If the price is right, I’m sure Man City will sell.

4. Javi Garcia

Former Benfica and Real Madrid man Garcia hasn’t had many opportunities at Manchester City since joining the club in 2012 and has been kept out of the team by regular starters Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. In his first two seasons in Manchester, he has made 48 appearances with two goals to his name.

Why should he move?

The Spanish player was once regarded as one of Europe's best holding midfielders, but now his services are more of the bench warming variety at City. At 27, he’s not getting any younger so a move might be on the cards for Garcia as City look to adhere to new Financial Fair Play rules.

Where should he move?

It has been well-documented that Garcia could be leaving City this summer and there are a few potential clubs for him to move to. Napoli have shown an interest in the player, with a potential move back to his former club Benfica also an option.

3. Martin Demichelis

Argentina’s World Cup defender had a good run in Manchester City’s title-winning side in his first season, making 32 appearances in all competitions. However, he has shown that he has many flaws since joining from Spanish side Atletico Madrid a year ago.

Why should he move?

The 33-year-old has proved that he has many mistakes in him, and many flaws to his game. One of those being his pace, which was clearly highlighted when Manchester City played Barcelona in last season's Champions League, when fellow Argentine Lionel Messi gave him a lesson in football and speed. All in all he is just not up to the standard of defensive partner and captain Vincent Kompany.

Where should he move?

Manchester City simply just don’t need him, with the money and quality of play they have to offer they could find a better centre-back. With a deal for Eliaquim Mangala possibly on the table, Demichelis could head to Premier League side Tottenham as cover in case Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson leave. West Ham would also be a good move for the Argentine.

2. Micah Richards

Richards was supposed to be one of England’s future stars, showing much promise as a young powerhouse right-back in his early Man City days. But he hasn’t figured in the plans of recent managers, making only nine Premier League appearances in the past two seasons.

Why should he move?

He needs to leave the club to get more first-team action and to possibly rival Glen Johnson as a potential choice for England. Still only 26, he’s got many years at the top level ahead yet, so a move away from a club that doesn’t play him seems logical.

Where should he move?

High-profile Premier League teams Liverpool and Arsenal are the front-runners to secure a deal with Richards. Both of these teams would be a great choice for the player.

1. Jack Rodwell

Ex-Everton player Rodwell, 23, showed his great talent for the Toffees before his big-money move to City in the summer of 2012. His time at the Etihad has been rather miserable, however, and in his two seasons for the Citizens he has only made a 16 appearances and scored two goals.

Why should he move?

It probably wasn’t the wisest decision from Rodwell to move to Manchester City and it seems to have slowed down his progression as a footballer. He needs a move away to regain his form and skill and to re-earn his tag as one of the brightest English talents around.

Where should he move?

Well it’s apparently more of a question of where he shouldn’t he move, as nine Premier League clubs are believed to be looking to sign him. They are Newcastle, Sunderland, Stoke, Southampton, West Ham, Spurs, Swansea, West Brom and former club Everton.

And that’s not it, with European sides Inter Milan, Valencia and Villerreal also chasing the young star. So he’s definitely not without choices.

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