A summer of change is coming at the Etihad Stadium with what could be one of the busiest transfer windows since Manchester City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.
Some players are up for sale and a number of stars will be brought in to replenish a squad in need of new faces. There are also six senior stars out of contract and Pep Guardiola today gave no hints as to who would be retained, saying, “The Club will deal with (out of contract players) properly like always. So now is the time to be focused on playing and fighting.”
Yaya Touré appears to be closer than ever to the exit door, with the Mirror reporting that Tuesday night’s game against West Brom could be his last at the Etihad in a City shirt.
Touré’s agent also added to the speculation with some bizarre comments yesterday, alluding to the famous ‘Cakegate’ saga of several years back.
Seluk: "It looks like this will be Yaya’s final season with City and he deserves a special goodbye from the people of Manchester." [Mirror] pic.twitter.com/Z4EzI6EI7Z
— City Watch (@City_Watch) May 11, 2017
But what of the others? According to our friend Sam Lee at Goal, right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna will definitely be leaving Manchester City when their deals expire in June.
Left-back Gaël Clichy and goalkeeper Willy Caballero are not expected to be offered extensions, which means either Claudio Bravo is staying, Angus Gunn is being promoted, or City will be in the market for two shot-stoppers this summer.
And finally, as recently reported, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo have new deals on the table, with the latter already agreeing to terms and Navas assessing his options with former club Sevilla wanting him back. If he opts to remain, Navas will become the second-choice right-back behind a new signing, with Kyle Walker and Nélson Semedo the two names currently linked.
City’s outgoings will not end with the out-of-contract players. Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony are up for sale, while doubts remain about the futures of Fernando, Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo, Nolito, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jason Denayer.
It could be quite the summer at the Etihad…
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