The Citizens have identified five names who are currently on loan. Jack Harrison has spent the last three years on loan at Leeds United. Yangel Herrera spent the last season at Granada. Lucas Nmecha played for Belgian side Anderlecht. Ivan Ilic was at Hellas Verona last season. And Pedro Porro played for the Portuguese champion Sporting CP.
Manchester City are trying to raise at least £80 million by selling these fringe players. However, Pep Guardiola’s side will have to spend around £250 million to land Jack Grealish and Harry Kane at the Etihad Stadium. So, only selling these players might not be enough for the Citizens, even though they have a rich owner.
Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus are linked to move away from the Premier League champions. Both players have failed to showcase their talents in recent seasons and it was mentioned that they might be sold this summer.
Will Manchester City manage to raise funds for the summer targets?
According to the report in Daily Mail, Manchester City are looking to raise £80 million by selling their fringe players who have not played for the first team yet. Guardiola wants to bring a centre forward this summer and the Spanish boss’ number one target is Harry Kane.
The report also claims that City are exploring the possibility of signing Kane’s fellow countryman Jack Grealish, who is high on Pep’s wishlist. And Guardiola is hopeful that Manchester City will be able to pull off both the transfers this summer.
The addition of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish will certainly make Manchester City even stronger. After failing to lift the Champions League trophy, Guardiola will be looking to do everything to win the first Champions League trophy in Citizens’ history.
However, Manchester City have not extended Fernandinho’s contract yet. And they will be short in depth in the defensive midfield position. If the Brazilian leaves at the end of this month. In that case, Rodrigo Hernández will be the only recognised central defensive midfielder they will have.
So, it will be interesting to see if City will buy a new defensive midfielder or extend Fernandinho’s contract. As we all have seen the importance of that role in the Champions League final.