Manchester City could lose a dozen players this summer as Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen his Treble-winning squad.
Pep Guardiola has often chopped and changed with a successful team to stay one step ahead of the competition – and this season, he underlined the significance of keeping his players motivated and how difficult it was to play with the same intensity for several seasons in a row.
“There is nothing from the stomach, from the guts,” Guardiola said after beating Tottenham 4-2 in January, coming from two goals down.
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“Today we are lucky. But sooner or later, if we don’t change, we’re going to drop points.
“Of course, I’m not [happy]! I don’t recognise my team! My team always had desire and passion in everyone and would run everything.”
In order to freshen up his squad, the Catalan could end up selling half a dozen players, with several others linked with exits.
According to The Athletic, both Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker might go as Guardiola shifts his formation to center-backs playing full-back.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Aymeric Laporte could also leave, despite playing far fewer minutes this season.
There could be some movement ahead of the defense as well. Ilkay Gundogan’s contract dispute is well-documented, with the City captain’s future still up in the air, according to talkSPORT.
Bernardo Silva, who plays alongside him in midfield, has expressed a wish to depart, according to MEN.
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This is before taking into account the potential of club youngsters like Cole Palmer, James McAtee, and Tommy Doyle, all of whom would fetch good prices if they were sold.
When they sold squad members like Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling as well as a number of younger stars like Romeo Lavia and Gavin Bazunu during the summer transfer window last year, City actually made money.