The worst kept secret in football was revealed this week – Pep Guardiola will manage Manchester City from next season after leaving Bayern Munich.
The Spanish genius has reportedly signed a three-year contract worth £292,000 per week to replace the unlucky Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
The announcement of his impending arrival has caused great excitement among City supporters, but some of their players may have reason to be more wary.
Guardiola will likely be given a sizeable war chest to bring in his own signings this summer, and that will mean that a few current Citizens will be up for sale.
Here are five Man City players that CaughtOffside reckons have reason to fear over their futures…
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The 28-year-old has been number one for club and country for a good five years now, but reports this morning have claimed that he is a surprising candidate for the chop.
Guardiola may want a goalkeeper who is more comfortable with the ball at his feet and quicker off his line. Hart is an exceptional shot-stopper, but they aren’t his strengths.
Clichy has been deputy to Aleksander Kolarov at left-back for most of the season, and might have been heading for the exit door regardless of whether Guardiola came or not.
Left-back is an area that the former Barcelona boss should look to address, and he has been tipped to try to bring the fantastic David Alaba with him from Bayern Munich.
Toure already seems to be packing his bags. Guardiola got rid of the Ivorian while he was at Barcelona and is not going to take his laziness and inconsistency at City either.
The 32-year-old has been hinting at a City exit over the last couple of summers anyway, and this appears to be the perfect time for him to leave and bag a big contract in China.
Guardiola will know all about Navas from his time in Spain, but that is probably bad news for the ex-Sevilla winger, who is too one-dimensional to fit into a Guardiola team.
The Spaniard requires his attackers to be more flexible in terms of positioning and movement, and also a greater goal threat. Few City fans will be sad to see the back of Navas.
Bony would be even more out of place in a Guardiola team than Pellegrini’s. Wherever he has been, the soon-to-be City boss has never had room in his side for a target man of Bony’s ilk.
The Ivorian has scored 10 goals in 35 games since his £28m move from Swansea City last January. It has not worked out and Guardiola will surely want a new striker to provide cover for Aguero.
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