Pep Guardiola to axe Man City pair with PL rivals and Spanish giants alerted

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to give the green-light to Joe Hart and Nicolas Otamendi to leave the club this summer.

The Spaniard will continue to rebuild his squad and mould it into his own at the end of the season, with major changes likely to be made in key positions.

According to The Times, Hart will be free to join a Premier League rival this summer but only if they meet City’s demands of £20m for the goalkeeper.

Hart is currently on a season-long loan deal at Torino after it was made clear by Guardiola that he didn’t figure in his plans with Claudio Bravo brought in at the club last summer.

The England international will be allowed to join a top-six Premier League despite reports to the contrary earlier this year, although it won’t be cheap for the clubs in question.

Aside from the £20m transfer fee, it’s added in the report that the shot-stopper’s £100,000-a-week wages will also have to be considered by an interested party.

Meanwhile, he isn’t likely to be the only big-name player leaving the Etihad this summer, with Otamendi also seemingly on his way out, as per AS.

His representative is said to have dropped a major hint that he could quit England and will move to Real Madrid ahead of next season.

With Pepe’s contract expiring in June, the La Liga giants are on the look-out for a replacement in the heart of their defence. Surprisingly, it appears as though Otamendi has emerged as their top choice to step into the void.

The Argentine international has shown at Valencia and in spells at City what he is capable of, but his inability to offer consistent solidity at the back and being error-prone has proven costly on numerous occasions and could cost him his spot in Manchester.

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