Pep Guardiola is a planning a sensational overhaul of the Man City attack that could see Raheem Sterling leave with Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish joining as superstar signings, Football Insider has been told.
Sterling, 26, enters the final two years of his contract this summer and talks over an extension have been delayed as he is changing agents.
Nevertheless, the England international is not considered by Guardiola to be as integral as he once was and a City source has told Football Insider that the manager is willing to sell the £80million-valued star for the right offer.
That could open the door for an eyecatching makeover of the attack that is also set to lose club record scorer Sergio Aguero this summer.
Borussia Dortmund’s in-demand Haaland is the City first choice to be the new spearhead and they also want Villa playmaker Grealish.
Football Insider revealed on 2nd April that the Champions League semi-finalists are lining up a massive bid for the Englishman.
He could be a direct replacement for Sterling in the left-sided attacking role from where he has scored the majority of his 113 goals in 286 City matches.
Guardiola is said to want a team of pure footballers and Grealish is seen as a better fit for the total domination of the ball that the manager wants.
By contrast, Sterling is more of a speed merchant who opens up defences with pace and quick changes of direction.
The Englishman last signed a new City contract in November 2018, when he penned a renewal running until the summer of 2023.
It was reported by BBC Sport at the time to be worth up to £300,000-a-week.
Sterling has started 24 Premier League and six Champions League matches this term, with his 43 appearances in all competitions yielding 13 goals and 11 assists.
Tellingly, he has not started any of City’s last four European games, with Phil Foden preferred on the left side of the attack.
In other news, Man City senior man is in talks to join Celtic.