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5 first team players Pep Guardiola should offload

Arvind Sriram
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Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Yaya Toure is expected to lead City's exodus

With Pep Guardiola taking the reigns at Manchester City, several players may leave City by the end of the transfer window. Guardiola, known to be ruthless with even the best of players - take Ronaldinho or Schweinsteiger for example - is expected to show at least 7 players the door. With Guardiola looking to freshen up the squad with youth and dynamism, many of City’s big names could be heading for the Etihad exit.

Guardiola has already shown his seriousness to the Manchester City cause by forcing big name players to get into shape and making them work hard to remain in the first team, sending a clear message that no one is safe however big or small the player’s popularity. 

Many of the City players do not fit into the Guardiola philosophy of quick passing and slick movement, and hence are expected to be surplus to requirements.

According to reports, signings of John Stones, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are imminent, affording Pep Guardiola the luxury of offloading a few not-so-key players.

We take a look at the 5 players Pep Guardiola should offload to improve City’s chances for a title push.

#1 Yaya Toure

Arguably one of City’s best players in the past few seasons, Yaya Toure was an unstoppable force in City’s midfield for years. Toure reached his prime during the 2013/14 season, scoring 20 goals in just 35 appearances and leading City to the Premier League title. 

The Ivorian, best known for his lung-bursting runs through the midfield and viciously powerful strikes, has seen his form decline rapidly since the end of the 13/14 season. 

With just 10 goals in 29 games in the following season, Yaya seemed to have lost the spark that drove him the previous years. His poor form continued into the 15/16 season - scoring just 6 goals in 35 appearances.

According to Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk, teams have reportedly been lining up to get the Ivorian’s signature, the most notable of those being Inter.

City will be buoyed by Fernandinho’s solid performances, coupled with the signing of Ilkay Gundogan to ensure that Yaya’s absence will not be felt.

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