Manchester City stars Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez head a list of players
the citizens are prepared to offload this summer as Pep Guardiola plots a fresh era of
dominance. Sterling lost his place in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up towards the end
of last season. NSL understands City would be willing to listen to offers for the
He is not the only man who could leave in the coming months with Riyad Mahrez also
among those who could be sacrificed.
Mahrez has been superb in recent weeks, particularly in the Champions League
the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain, but City would consider moving him if the
a deal was right. Others in the squad who are vulnerable are striker Gabriel Jesus and
center back Aymeric Laporte.
Arsenal is understood to have an interest in Sterling and Mahrez. Gunners boss
Mikel Arteta worked with both during his spell at City under Guardiola. But there must be
doubt over Arsenal’s ability to land either player given their financial demands and lack
of European football.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have a long-term interest in Sterling. City will need funds to
complete their own signings, with Sportsmail revealing yesterday that £100million-rated
Jack Grealish is their No 1 midfield target.
They are also on the trail of England captain Harry Kane.
There is recognition that City must trim their group to pursue Kane and Grealish but it
will still come as a surprise that Sterling has a price.