Johnson set for City exit
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini could be ready to call time on Adam Johnson's career with the reigning Premier League champions.
The Italian is willing to let the England international go, even though he still values him as a player who could do a job for City in their attempts to defend the title.
Johnson has made no secret of his desire to secure more regular first-team action after playing a bit part role in the club's success last season, and he has a host of clubs queuing up to sign him.
The winger, who played a starring role for his country in the midweek win over Italy, was once again missing as City enjoyed 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday in their opening game of the new campaign.
However, Mancini claims the 25-year-old's omission at the weekend was at the player's request as the former Middlesbrough star seeks to seal a switch away from the Etihad Stadium.
"Adam can have a future here but you should also understand when you are 23 or 24 years old, you want to play," said the City boss.
"If you are at a top team, you can't always do that, so I agree, if he wants to, he has to leave.
"But if that happens I will be so sorry because Adam is a good guy.
"He is a different player to the other strikers and wingers and maybe he could be important for us."