Manchester City's defence of their Premier League title has been far from convincing and the club’s hierarchy have reportedly lost patience with the squad, with the 4-2 defeat to fierce rivals Manchester United being the last nail in the coffin for the under-performing side.
The likes of Yaya Toure, Edin Dezko, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Stevan Jovetic and Aleksander Kolarov could all be waving goodbye to their City careers in the summer after what can only be described as a disastrous season for the Citizens.
Interest from Inter Milan for 31-year-old Toure, where he will link up with former boss Roberto Mancini. The Italian is keen on also taking full-back Kolarov to the San Siro.
Bosnian striker Dzeko is generating interest from Germany and Italy, with Jovetic also attracting clubs from Italian sides.
With James Milner expected to leave on a free transfer with his contract expiring when the season ends, with his most likely destination Liverpool. Also Frank Lampard already committed his future to Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC, Man City’s sister club.
Vincent Kompany’s form and injury problems have led to uncertainty over his future, but reports had said there are no plans to sell the club captain in the foreseeable future.
These potential departures will prompt City’s owners to splash the cash on world-class players and bring the average age of the squad down, with them being linked with Kevin De Bruyne, Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling who are all of the age 23 or under.
Change of manager?
With Manuel Pellegrini’s side losing eight games in 17 since the turn of the year, and four successive away defeats questions have been answered about the future of the Chilean. If City were to fall out of the top four come the end of the season then Pellegrini’s time at the Etihad would almost certainly come to an end.
England international Joe Hart has admitted that their recent form baffles him and has said: “It would be easier to win games if I knew what was wrong with us but we’ve played well and been unfortunate in some games,”