Mancini makes £5m Sinc splash

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 - By MATT JOHN­SON

ROBERTO MANCINi is clos­ing in on Scott Sin­clair af­ter Swansea ad­mit­ted they’ve given up hope of hold­ing on to the winger.

The Swans are re­luc­tantly set to cash in af­ter Manch­ester City’s £5mil­lion bid for the 23-year-old, who has re­fused to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion with less than 12 months left on his cur­rent deal.

Sin­clair is set to join £15m Liver­pool mid­fielder Joe Allen in head­ing Sta­dium.

Swansea first team coach Alan Cur­tis re­vealed: “Scott’s not re­ally in­ter­ested in sign­ing a new con­tract. City have made a bid.”

Swansea will rake in 10 times the bar­gain £500,000 they paid Chelsea for Sin­clair in 2010.

And Cur­tis added: “It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore it hap­pens and it’s good for both par­ties.”

Sin­clair scored af­ter com­ing on

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Lib­erty as a sub in Satur­day’s 5-0 rout of QPR – but he failed to cel­e­brate in the lat­est sig­nal that his twoyear stay at the Lib­erty Sta­dium is close to an end with City boss Mancini set to get his man.

Cur­tis in­sists that Sin­clair leaves with his best wishes, adding: “He’s been ter­rific for us. We’ve had two sea­sons out of him and he’s been su­perb.”

Swansea will use Sin­clair’s fee to fund a £6m move for South Korea mid­fielder Ki Sung-Yueng af­ter Celtic ac­cepted a bid for the 23-year-old.

Daniele De Rossi has dashed Mancini’s hopes of pulling off an­other trans­fer af­ter the 29-year-old mid­fielder re-af­firmed his com­mit­ment to Roma.

Tested

De Rossi does not want to leave his boy­hood club, hav­ing been at the Sta­dio Olimpico since he be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer in 2001.

“I’m stay­ing,” said De Rossi yes­ter­day. “I never asked to leave.”

De Rossi signed a new five-year con­tract in Fe­bru­ary, but City tested Roma’s re­solve with a sub­stan­tial of­fer.

“One club, the one you all know, made an en­quiry. One or two oth­ers, but that was just talk,” added the Italy in­ter­na­tional.

“What I can prom­ise ev­ery­one is that the day I want to leave Roma – whether it is to win the Cham­pi­ons League or to make more money – I will say so in pub­lic.”

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