Pep Guardiola offered easy option to axe Man City veteran as rebuilding will gather pace in summer

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be a busy man this summer, but he’ll have to strike a balance with his signings and out-goings.

While City look set to put together a strong run of form, they still trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by 10 points after 24 games.

Coupled with their inconsistency across the season, it’s questionable as to whether or not they’ll be able to push Antonio Conte’s men all the way, while they also have cup competitions to consider.

Nevertheless, regardless of how the season plays out, Guardiola will look to stamp his mark on the squad again this summer, and that likely means several new signings.

It won’t all be incomings though, as the Spaniard needs to rebuild and that means offloading players too. According to The Telegraph, Bacary Sagna could be amongst the first group out of the door, with West Ham United keen on signing the Frenchman.

The former Arsenal full-back will see his contract expire this summer and as he prepares to turn 34 next week, Guardiola will surely be looking at long-term options in that department.

With so many key players over the age of 30, including Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Fernandinho and several others, Guardiola has a real task on his hands putting together a more youthful squad ready to compete for years to come.

He has undoubtedly started that process with the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane to name but a couple, but it remains to be seen how successful he is in continuing that push at the end of the season with Sagna likely to be the first of many moving on.

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