Manchester City are preparing themselves for a shock summer clear-out, that will see Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Bacary Sagna all moved on, according to The Times.
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Manuel Pellegrini’s side were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday evening, when only a goalkeeping master-class from Joe Hart helped the defending Premier League champions avoid a bigger defeat.
With City having long since been knocked out of both domestic cup competitions, only a late title charge – which looks all the more unlikely after their latest loss at the hands of Burnley – could save their season.
A furious City hierarchy are already preparing to ring the changes in the summer, even if it means selling some of their most high-profile stars…
Former Arsenal midfielder Nasri, who was lucky not to be sent-off against the Catalans after lashing out at Neymar, has only managed three goals so far this season – compared to the 11 he netted last term.
It’s been a similar story for Toure, who netted 24 times in all competitions during the previous campaign, but has only managed nine this time around, while another former Gunner – Sagna – has failed to hold down a first-team spot ahead of Pablo Zabaleta.