There have been several reports in England stating that Manchester city are almost certain to sell Jack Rodwell in the summer after failing to see the best of the former Everton star at the Etihad stadium. Rodwell moved from Everton to City in 2002 for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £ 15 million. The transfer fee could have been significantly higher had Rodwell not suffered from several injury problems prior to his move. Once regarded as the best young midfielder for the England national team, his career has not progressed in the last few years.
This has been due to a combination of injuries and competition in the Manchester City team. Whenever he has been injured, he has found it tough to get back soon. And when he has been fit, he has been unable to get regular first-team football due to the form of players above him in the pecking order. As a result, he has made just 16 appearances in the last two years. City are reportedly ready to cut their losses by selling the player in this transfer window. They have already signed a replacement for him in the form of Fernando from FC Porto.
The midfielder, who has been a long-term transfer target for the club, comes for a transfer fee of £ 12 million. He is expected to be the reserve defensive midfielder behind Brazil’s Fernandinho. City won the title last season, but they are set to improve this campaign by strengthening some key areas. Signing another central defender will be high on the agenda after Joleon Lescott looks set to move away from the club. Micah Richards is also another English player link with an exit from City. Rodwell has been linked with the likes of West Brom in the last few weeks.