Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been told he must sell to buy in January.

The Mail on Sunday says the manager stressed at a meeting with new sports director Txiki Begiristain last week he would like to do business in the next window.

But the view from the top in Abu Dhabi is players such as Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli or Joleon Lescott will have to be sold to finance any new purchases.