From Germany: Manchester City to offload seven senior players in ruthless Guardiola cull - report
By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
Pep Guardiola has ordered a ruthless cull of Manchester City’s first-team squad ahead of his summer arrival, according to a report.
The incoming City manager has been involved in City’s transfer decisions even though he remains manager of Bayern Munich for another month.
According to the report in German publication Bild, Guardiola wants to offload seven senior stars led by long-serving goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Centre-back duo Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala, midfield pair Fernandinho and Yaya Toure, winger Samir Nasri and striker Wilfried Bony are also said to be surplus to requirements under the new regime.
It is claimed that Hart’s distribution is not up to the exacting standards of Guardiola, while Mangalaa and Fernandinho do not suit the manager’s renowned quick passing game.
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Demichelis is condemned in the report as too slow, Nasri and Toure will be allowed to leave, while Bony is described as one of the biggest flops in City’s history.
Guardiola’s Bayern side exited the Champions League at the semi-final stage for the third consecutive year on Tuesday night after they were defeated by Atletico Madrid on the away goals rule.
Nevertheless, the German giants are on the verge of clinching a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title for the first time in the club’s storied history.
In other Manchester City transfer news, one of the most popular players of the Sheikh Mansour era could be surplus to requirements this summer.