Manchester City hope to drastically reduce their overall spending by recouping around £100 million through players sales during the close season as Pep Guardiola prepares for the busiest summer of his managerial career.
British media reports that Guardiola will listen to offers for Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony, Jason Denayer, all five of whom are currently on loan, in addition to Fernando and Vincent Kompany.
The futures of others, including Claudio Bravo, Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito, will hinge on outside interest as well as Guardiola’s success at bringing new players in, with the Catalan eyeing up to seven new arrivals.
City also have seven players out of contract that they would not receive fees for, other than a compensation sum for Tosin Adarabioyo in the event the England Under-19, whom the club want to keep, departs.
The transfer fees City stand to earn through sales could vary dramatically depending on where players go and a £100 million return may be optimistic given the prohibitive nature of several players’ wages to would-be suitors.
But the club anticipate their gross spending will be heavily offset by sales and considerable space cleared on the wage bill for new recruits.
City, for example, would be prepared to allow Hart to leave for a smaller sum if he moved overseas than to a Premier League rival, who would have to pay in excess of £20 million for the 29-year-old England goalkeeper, currently on loan at Torino and contracted until June 2019.