About a month ago, when the first “Manchester City wants to sell Ireland” stories began popping up, I assumed it was British “journalists” trying to fill space in their newspapers. Ireland was a top Premiership player two years, if nothing else he could be one of the best impact subs in the league. There was no way City would let him go.
Well…the “Sell Ireland” momentum has continued and it seems it’s only a matter of time before City hands him over to a team it needs to finish above in the table. The most likely scenario reported is City will send a chunk of cash (my guess is £18 million) plus Stephen Ireland to Aston Villa for James Milner. The Abu Dhabi group has made some head-scratching moves since it took over, but this will take the cake.