Today, following Manchester City’s Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco last night, the Guardian have boldly predicted 18 players could leave the Etihad in the summer – which will be Pep Guardiola’s second since taking the helm.
They include some promising youngsters, top internationals and impressive squad players.
Here’s the 18 players the Guardian list, and why:
“Seven first-team squad members are out of contract in July: Yaya Touré, Gaël Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Jesús Navas, Bacary Sagna and the young central defender Tosin Adarabioyo. There are also five on loan, in Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer. And there are question marks over Sergio Agüero, who was dropped for Gabriel Jesus until the Brazilian broke a metatarsal, Vincent Kompany, who is suffering another injury-blighted campaign, and Aleksandar Kolarov, whose deal ends in summer 2019, plus the out-of-favour Fabian Delph, Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho.”
For Liverpool, there’s a few names there which are interesting to say the least…
Although he’s a big name, Toure is the antithesis of a Jurgen Klopp player. Pablo Zabaleta’s versatility and experience at fullback is impressive, but we don’t want to block Trent Alexander-Arnold’s path to the first-team.
Joe Hart has been long mooted, but Simon Mignolet has been largely good this season and Loris Karius has long-term potential.
Samir Nasri is a technically brilliant footballer who shone for City when they won the title. At 29, he’s still got something to give for us, and we’d have him in a heartbeat. He’s been wonderful for Sevilla on loan.
Obviously any club in the world would take Sergio Aguero, but he’d probably unattainable.
A half fit Vincent Kompany would walk into our team as captain, but the Belgian just can’t stay fit. It’s a shame, but his days at the top are over. Finally, Kelechi Iheanacho provides an interesting possibility.
He’s clinical and one of the best in the world for his age. If he’s unhappy at City, he may do better working under Klopp – who’s known to give talented youngsters a chance.
So that’s Nasri, Aguero and Iheanacho… We’ll have those ones!