The Premier League begins play on August 14, and on September 1 all clubs must submit a 25 man roster. They can add players unlimited players under 21. 8 of those 25 players have to be English. Here’s City’s roster, but keep in mind that they are still chasing James Milner, Fernando Torres, and Mario Balotelli…among others:
Nedum Onuoha (27 starts season before last)
Nigel de Jong
Stephen Ireland (City Player of the Year season before last)
Michael Johnson (23 City starts season before last)
Roque Santa Cruz
I didn’t doublecheck, but I’m fairly certain none of these players are under 21.
City has to sell. That’s over 25 right there, and all fairly big names in their own right. Jo obviously is out the door, and there are a few names that are significantly less likely to be there than others. But City isn’t even done buying, as you can practically guarantee Torres and/or Balotelli. And Milner looks probable as well.
UPDATE: I forgot Robinho, of all people, the first time around. I should probably note that I have a soft spot in my heart for City because Claudio Reyna was captain there.