With the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte hotly tipped to make the move to the Etihad in January, Pep Guardiola’s overhaul of his Manchester City squad looks certain to continue apace.
But with top talent targeted for a move to the North West, chances are we’ll see the three-time English champions balance the books by moving on a few of their lesser lights.
Here are the big four the Ladbrokes News team think Pep can do without…
While the 35-year-old would likely demand the lowest transfer fee of this foursome, Guardiola would be wise to cash in while he can – and to put the funds towards bringing in a better second-choice stopper, or bringing back Joe Hart.
For a keeper who features so irregularly, the clumsy Argentine’s list of dismal displays is worryingly long.
From shipping five in the 5-1 Emirates FA Cup humiliation against Chelsea last season, to coming on as a second-half substitute at the Nou Camp and letting in three goals back in October, it’s been one horror show after another.
We suspect many City fans would be happy to drive him to his next destination.
Not so much error-prone as ineffective, it’s now 91 Premier League games since the Sky Blues winger found the net. And even his previously regular assists seem to be drying up, with just one in 13 Prem games during 2016-17.
With the 31-year-old losing the pace of his younger years, and struggling as a creative force, now seems the time for the Spaniard to part company with the Manchester giants.
Currently valued at £17m by Transfermarkt.co.uk – the same fee City paid for him back in 2013 – they could well receive a decent sum for offloading a player who’s been increasingly disappointing for the Etihad outfit.
The most controversial selection on our list? Definitely. But hear us out…
There’s no doubt he’s been a genuine legend at the Etihad, but after spending a whopping 34 games out with injury in 2015-16, and playing 90 minutes just once in this campaign, the Belgian’s fitness issues make it hard to justify keeping him.
Those injury woes have meant that even when the 30-year-old has been in action during the past 18 months, he’s struggled to rediscover his best form.
And while Blues fans would surely shed a tear if he went, Kompany leaving the rigours of playing for one of Europe’s top clubs could be the best option for both parties.
In a summer when huge names like Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne arrived at the Etihad, the 2015 purchase of Aston Villa’s steady but unspectacular midfielder for £8m raised a few eyebrows. And the doubters have hardly been proved wrong.
A perfectly serviceable, tidy midfielder for a lower Premier League club, he’s simply not up to the standard required by a club battling for domestic and European honours.
Thirty games into his time at the club, the central midfielder still hasn’t set-up a single goal.
With his header in a home win over Steaua Bucharest Delph’s biggest contribution after 16 months with the club, it’s little doubt to see him strongly linked with a January exit – with Newcastle United currently 4/1 favourites for his signature.
Do you agree? Should City part with this struggling foursome, or have some of these potentially departing players done enough to remain in Pep’s plans?
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