Man City to Overhaul Squad, Release 18 Players

Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City has been underwhelming, as City have crashed out in the Champions League quarterfinals and in the league, they are 10 points behind first-place Chelsea. Along with that, the defense and goalkeeping has been poor. As a result, according to the Guardian, Guardiola is expected to embark on a massive overhaul of the roster this summer. Guardiola reportedly has £150 million before wage budget to spend on players, and the article mentions 18 players that could be potential casualties of the overhaul.

Seven first-team players will have their contracts end in July; defenders Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Tosin Adarabioyo, and Pablo Zabaleta, midfielders Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas, and goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Five more players are currently on loan; goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Jason Denayer and Eliaquim Mangala, midfielder Samir Nasri and striker Wilfried Bony.

Other potential casualties are defenders Vincent Kompany and Aleksandar Kolarov, midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph, and strikers Kelechi Iheanacho and Sergio Aguero.

Former starting goalkeeper Hart has already admitted he plans on moving on, and his replacement Claudio Bravo has been a flop, one goalkeeper City has been connected to is Benfica’s Ederson Moraes. With defenders also being a key position of need, City has been linked to Tottenham’s Kyle Walker and Danny Rose along with Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte. If Aguero does in fact leave, Alexis Sanchez was mentioned as a potential replacement although there is a limit to how many elite players can be signed in the window.