Manchester City chiefs have been told they must sell before any new Champions League buying spree this summer.
The Daily Mail says with City chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood wary of the implications of UEFA's imminent Financial Fair Play regulations, they have concerns that the club's wage bill doesn't get significantly higher.
As such the City board are keen that unwanted players like Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy are transferred permanently before they commit themselves to significant spending.
This shows that City are preparing the groundwork for new players but whether firm bids are forthcoming will depend on the future of current city captain Carlos Tevez and the likes of Bellamy and Adebayor.
Between them these three players earn the best part of £500,000-a-week. That all adds up to an outlay of £25m-a-year so it is easy to see the City board's concern.