De Jong heading for City exit
Nigel de Jong looks set to be the biggest name using the revolving door at Manchester City today.
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It seems bizarre that the richest club in the world should be among those doing the most business amid the mad scramble of transfer deadline day.
City manager Roberto Mancini certainly did not want it this way, however, that is how it has transpired.
And as Great Britain Olympic star Scott Sinclair and Serbia defender Matija Nastasic are set to join from Swansea and Fiorentina respectively, others are on their way out.
Stefan Savic will not be missed too much as he heads to Fiorentina as part of the Nastasic deal.
De Jong has been a bigger presence, even if he has struggled to find top form over the past couple of seasons, which have been blighted by problems sorting out a new contract.
Now the combative midfielder is on the brink of joining AC Milan.
"De Jong is on his way to Milan," said the official Milan TV channel last night.
"The medical will be performed tomorrow."
It will end the Dutchman's three-year stint at the club and comes at a time when they are gearing up for a mouth-watering Champions League encounter with Real Madrid following yesterday's group stage draw.
Their meeting with the Spanish giants in the Bernabeu on September 18 will represent one of the biggest European nights in their entire history, while the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and company at the Etihad Stadium on November 21 is a guaranteed sell-out.
More pertinently, City, who entertain Swansea tomorrow evening, have also been linked with big-money deals for Theo Walcott and Maicon.
However, it seems unlikely either man will have joined the Blues prior to tomorrow night's deadline as City remain determined to get somewhere close to meeting UEFA's strict Financial Fair Play rules.