Following an entertaining 2018/19 season which saw Manchester City win all four domestic competitions, manager Pep Guardiola and the City board will now look to strengthen their squad.
As they begin to scout new talent, however, they will also bid farewell to some of their current players. Who might leave Manchester City this summer?
No one knows what happened to the former PFA Young Player of the Year. After being left out of the Germany squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sané dropped in City’s pecking order and soon found himself behind a superb Bernardo Silva and the recently acquired Riyad Mahrez. The German did shine in his cameo appearances this season, where he was the game changer in the matches against Liverpool and Schalke 04. But for whatever reason, it seems he may be on his way back to Germany. Sané has been linked with a move to Bayern München, however, club president Uli Hoeness claimed City are demanding an “insane” amount of money from the German outfit.
The Brazilian pushed his way out of Real Madrid as he sought more game time. Whilst he became a two time English Premier League champion, Danilo found himself behind fellow right back Kyle Walker. Danilo has once again stressed he is in search of more playing time and as a result could be facing the exit door. He is currently linked with a transfer to Inter Milan.
The Argentine played an important role during City’s Centurion season, where he became the favoured partner to Aymeric Laporte. During the 2018/19 season, however, Otamendi quickly found himself behind John Stones and Vincent Kompany. With the Sky Blues prioritizing a new centre back, it is likely Otamendi will seek employment elsewhere. Potential destinations for the Argentine include Atlético de Madrid and West Ham United.
The veteran English midfielder was poor this season. Following a second injury spell to Benjamin Mendy, Delph attempted to slot into defence as an unnatural left back. Whilst he was successful during the 2017/18 season, he eventually lost his place to Oleksandr Zinchenko. Given Aston Villa gained promotion to the EPL this season, it is possible he could reunite with his former club.
As the forgotten centre back, Mangala had a serious injury whilst on loan to Everton in 2018 before being absent for City for the entire 2018/19 season. The Frenchman found himself last in the centre back pecking order, thus it would appear his time is up. Mangala was previously linked with a return to Porto, however, current reports claim the Portuguese side is concerned about his physical condition following his injury spell.
Will these players depart Manchester by the end of the 2019 Summer Transfer Window? Who else might leave the Sky Blues?
Following the international break, Bitter and Blue will examine some of the younger members of City’s first team to see where they may be sent on loan.