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Pep Guardiola may lose six first-team players in a year.

Pep Guardiola may lose six first-team players in a year.

Pep Guardiola is tearing up his Manchester City manual and starting afresh with a flight of player names anticipated to pave the way for an overhaul this summer.

Man City were clear and justified Premier League winners, finishing 18 points ahead of rivals Manchester United and some distance clear of Liverpool and Chelsea.

But the Catalan’s dreams of ending his 10-year wait for his third Champions League title as a head coach were destroyed when Chelsea edged out their Premier League opponents 1-0 in the final back in May.

That loss may have implied to Guardiola that he needs to refresh his squad with some new signings, having seen the likes of Ruben Dias and Rodri make an impression in recent seasons.

Players that have become identical with the club have already gone, such as Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, and Vincent Kompany, under his watch.

Now, the stalwarts that have contributed to Guardiola’s three Premier League titles in five years could be given the shoe as well, with several big stars out of commitment and others at risk of being sold to fund transfers elsewhere.

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Guardiola has his spectacles set on at least two big signings this summer, with Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish profoundly connected.

According to Mirror Sport, Guardiola’s core at Man City could vanish within the space of a year.

With the departure of Aguero, Leroy Sane, and David Silva, who were Guardiola’s core at Man City, Bernado Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus could follow suite this summer and complete the fourth, fifth and sixth first-team loss under Pep Guardiola.

Bernardo Silva, who arrived from Monaco for £43m in 2017, has seen his regular spot in the side seized away from him due to the form of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.

Silva is seen as the most liquid asset to cash in on if City follows up their interest in Grealish and that could see the Portugal lead leave once he returns from Euro 2020.

 Sterling has had a poor season which led many to dispute whether he should be starting for England at the European Championships.

Having scored 23, 25 and 31 goals in all competitions in his last three seasons, Sterling’s catch of 14 in 2020-21 has been way below the norm we have come to expect from the 26-year-old.

There would be no lack of takers if City opted to sell the winger, who they paid a then-British record £50m fee to sign from Liverpool in 2016.

Jesus has only managed 22 Premier League starts in a season where Aguero has been sidelined and while he managed a decent return of nine goals and four assists, it does not feel like the Brazilian is the favorite to take up that central striking role.

Guardiola may exclude any idea that he does not trust Jesus to lead the line but every time he is left on the bench, the topics over his future will continue.

With the Manchester Evening News reporting Juventus willing to pay a large fee to bring him to Turin, Guardiola may need to confirm the 24-year-old still has an important part to play.

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Pep Guardiola may lose six first-team players in a year.

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