Pep Guardiola is set to lead Manchester City this summer in removing eighteen players from the club this summer. The move is expected to occur as the club prepares for the biggest spending overhaul in the nine-year ownership of Sheikh Mansour as City owner.
Big stars such as Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, and Samir Nasri will all be victims in Guardiola’s extensive overhaul as he prepares to amend the damage from this season’s failures. City were recently dumped out of the Champions League to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco on the away goal ruling, and many stars are being blamed for City’s enormous failings in Europe.
Both The Guardian and Daily Mirror are reporting Guardiola will have between £150-£200million on a transfer budget – before any wages are even considered. City want a minimum of four defenders to ensure their frailties at the back are a thing of the past with Vincent Kompany expected to be the biggest scalp in Guardiola’s ruthless path of change.
Kompany was “100 per cent fit” and ready to play, but Guardiola chose to omit him from his 18-man squad the report states – if true, surely signals the end of Kompany’s tenure as club captain. Kompany won’t be the only defender leaving this summer with Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, and Gael Clichy are leaving on free transfers. Both Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones’ future are safe for the time being.
Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, Valencia’s Jose Gaya, and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich are some of the names being mentioned as potential replacements. Danny Rose and Kyle Walker remain the club’s first choice full-back targets this summer, but negotiating with Tottenham may prove close to impossible.
Claudio Bravo is expected to depart City also, while Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes remains the club’s top priority in goal.