Youngster heads to Italy

Amid all of the frantic rumours about incoming players, one player has sneaked out of the back door of the Etihad Stadium. After struggling to make an impact during the several years he has spent at City, Vladimir Weiss had decided to call it a day and has joined Pescara for an undisclosed fee.

Weiss has come up through the ranks at City and there were great expectations resting on his shoulders for a number of years. He was a regular for the club’s youth teams and many thought that he would one day establish himself in the first team. However, following a disappointing loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, many have questioned his ability to compete at the highest level.

Admittedly, he did enjoy more success during loan periods at Rangers and Espanyol, yet his City career has been over for some time and this permanent transfer will hopefully get his career back on track. In total, the player made just one appearance for the club in the Premier League, while four overall.

It is not known how much Pescara have forked out for the 22-year-old’s services, although the fee is unlikely to be substantial. City have seemingly made it their target to offload as many fringe players as possible this summer, with the likes of Owen Hargreaves, Stuart Taylor and Gunnar Nielsen also departing. While Roberto Mancini obviously wants to free up some space in his squad, one of the other objectives is to cut costs as the club aim to comply with the forthcoming Financial Fair Play Regulations.

Despite the exodus of players, Mancini has remained tight lipped on incoming players with the club yet to announce their first signing of pre-season. However, rumours are constantly circulating, with the latest suggesting that Daniel Agger and Gonzalo Higuin are being targeted.

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