Who will stay and who will go? It promises to be one of the busiest, most eventful summers in Manchester City history ahead. Already, the rumour mill is in full swing, with City signing half of Monaco’s team, half of Europe’s best full-backs, and everyone else who is having a good day on the job.
In truth, it’s still very unclear who will arrive at the Etihad this summer, but it is becoming clearer who may be going the other way.
Catalan newspaper SPORT has today run a piece on the outgoings, separating 17 players into three categories: those out of contract, those likely to go, and the special cases who Pep could consider selling.
Those out of contract are Jesús Navas, Yaya Touré, Pablo Zabaleta, Gaël Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Willy Caballero. There is no information that any of them have been offered new deals yet, though it isn’t impossible that a few could yet stay.
Those probably being sold are Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Fernando, Jason Denayer and Fabian Delph. If Txiki Begiristain can find buyers for them all, some on hefty salaries, then this will increase Pep’s transfer kitty considerable.
And the special cases are Sergio Agüero, Nolito, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vincent Kompany. The futures of Agüero and Kompany are, of course, the ones that have Blues on the edge of their seats. Would Guardiola, known for making big decisions in shaping his squad, really sell two club icons and the first youngster to properly break into the first-time for some years in Iheanacho?
A summer of great intrigue and change awaits at Manchester City. Tears could be shed as heroes leave to make way for new faces, but Pep Guardiola will have a blueprint in his mind and City bosses are going to back him all the way after working for years to bring him to the club.