When the announcement of Pep Guardiola was made, many thought there would be an immediate sweep of players from the Etihad Stadium.
However, the Spanish coach has taken his time to study the team before making his decisions.
Joe Hart is likely going to be heading out of the club, after losing his number one status as goal keeper to another. City completed the signing of former Barcelona player Claudio Bravo as replacement for Hart. With the England international getting what seems like a farewell when he featured in the Champions League play-off, he may as well have played his last. The club is reported to be willing to play as much as three-quarter of his salary to help any club interested in accepting him on a loan deal. Willy Caballero would play second fiddle to Bravo, forcing Hart to look elsewhere for regular action.
Several clubs have been linked with the player, with Sunderland being among the interested parties since losing Vito Mannone to long term injury. Hart’s wages is £120,000 per week, so City are willing to help out any side that want him as the transfer deadline is running to a close in a matter of days.
Wilfried Bony is another target in the mass clear out this summer. A few clubs are keen on getting the striker this term, with West Ham leading. There’s Eliaquim Mangala as well, and L’Equipe reports that Spurs are leading the race to sign him. Samri Nasri is also believed to be on his way out. However, injured skipper Vincent Kompany has his future at the club safe. He is out injured but the coach has announced that he is set to return soon. The Times reports that he was impressive in training, so he wouldn’t be joining the rest exiting this week. The Belgian would likely see out the season, but would have to be on his best to get regular action with the options available.