After Manchester City suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of AS Monaco that sent them crashing out of the Champions League, Pep Guardiola has been given further proof that his side requires major improvements over the summer.
City looked terribly lackluster during the second leg of the European match-up and the club needs electrifying and world class players to bolster them forward, not only in Europe but in the Premier League as well. Guardiola will reportedly be given a sizable budget of £150 million to repair the broken areas of his team.
Eighteen names have been labeled as ‘at risk’ of seeing their time at the Etihad come to an end. Jesus Navas, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Tosin Adarabioyo, Yaya Toure and Willy Caballero will all run out of contract in the summer. Loanees Joe Hart, Jason Denayer, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony will most likely not have a future in Sky Blue and be sold. Current players on the laundry list also include Fabian Delph, Kelechi Iheanacho, Fernando, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero. While many of these players will likely stay, most of them are probably going to part ways with the club.
The large budget will be used to strengthen the back line especially, with several footballers linked such as Aymeric Laporte, Danny Rose and Benfica goalkeeper Éderson. The midfield could be given more depth as well with the possible signing of Real Madrid’s Isco.
Next summer will be a very interesting and active one for Manchester City.