Guardiola opens transfer door to Nasri, Mangala and Iheanacho
The Manchester City manager has already brought over 200 million euros worth of talent into the squad so needs to allow others to find a new home.
Manchester City have been a huge force in the early stages of the transfer market with Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Douglas Luiz and Danilo all arriving at the Etihad Stadium for a combined total of 240.5 million euros.
With the influx of new players, and potentially more on the horizon with a month left of the transfer window, the team's manager, Pep Guardiola, has spoken of three players who could be leaving this summer. Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala are two that seem surplus to requirements:
Nasri and Mangala surplus
"He knows the situation. We have a lot of midfield players so we're going to see," said the manager on former Arsenal star, Nasri, and likened his situation to that of the French defender:
"It is like Mangala. That's a decision they have to take with their managers [agents], but we take care of them when they are here, just like we take care of every player, from Brahim Diaz to Vincent Kompany.
"The past isn't important, it is all about tomorrow. We wanted to keep him [Nasri] last pre-season but he decided to go to Sevilla, and I like to work with the guys who want to work with us.
"But I saw him in these three games and his spirit in the training sessions. Still I'm waiting for a bad performance from him. He's a guy who has unbelievable ability to keep the ball in small spaces. The ball is safe. He has his own special quality.
Positive words to encourage any suitor interested in putting some money forward.
On their young Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, Guardiola seemed convinced he would be joining recent Premier League champions, Leicester City, however did not close the door on him:
"I think Kelechi is going to leave, for Leicester. We will see. If it doesn't happen, he will be part of the group."
City sales for more signings
The mega-rich English club will be looking to recoup some of the money parted, and reduce the wage bill, in order to make further signings. As yet they have made 41.4 million euros from the sales of Ünal, Mooy, Nolito, Kolarov and Sobrino, and the loan deal agreed with West Ham for Joe Hart.