You wouldn't have thought that Carlos Tevez would be Roberto Mancini saviour but the Blues boss confirmed that the new spending restrictions means he needs to sell players before they can bring in new signings in the January transfer window.
Mancini is on the lookout for a central midfielder, a centre-half and a striker to replace Tevez if a deal can be struck . Milan's Thiago Silva, who Mancini rates, would cost the club in the region of £30m and for the first time Sheikh Mansour may not approve according to Mancini who added.
"We need to sell two or three players and then we'll see," Mancini said. "We want to sell first and after that we may have time to buy someone if it's possible. But it's not easy. There are players that could be good for us but every time we want to buy a player their clubs ask for lots of money."