Reports suggest that after a rough first season, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is prepared to let up to ten players go in the coming summer transfer window. Guardiola wants a younger and a considerably fresh squad going into next season, which in turn means that many long-time Citizens will be given the ax.
Almost half of the laundry list of players to be sold are currently out on loan. The likes of Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala, and sadly Joe Hart do not fit into Pep’s future plans and will be offloaded this summer. While it will be a tough pill to swallow, these transfers will help fund signings for the future.
Additionally, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, Willy Caballero and the in-form Yaya Toure will all run out of contracts come the conclusion of the season and none of them are expected to earn a new contract. This list consists of three of City’s four fullbacks, which clearly shows Guardiola wants to spend money to fill those positions. A young goalkeeper will likely fill Caballero’s shoes as a backup, and that will probably be Geronimo Rulli.
While a few of these departures will be depressing for supporters, they signal steps forward at the Etihad. Change is necessary. The squad is getting older and older by the minute, and at some point we'll see a new group of Sky Blues.