A mass clear-out could be on the cards for Manchester City in the summer, with five first-team stars potentially leaving according to fresh reports.
City are expected to refresh their squad and Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez has shed light on a number of those who could be moving onto pastures new at the end of the current campaign.
Appearing on El Chiringuito, Alvarez says Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte are the most likely candidates to depart the Etihad Stadium.
Club captain Gundogan’s deal is due to expire at the end of the season and there has been talk that City are hopeful of getting the Germany international to renew.
It appears the Portugal international will now finally move on as he “keeps rejecting” contract proposals for City.
Similarly, Silva’s compatriot Joao Cancelo is unhappy and Alvarez claims his rapport with Pep Guardiola and his coaches “is not the best”.
Image: AlamyCity want to tie down Aymeric Laporte to new terms but Alvarez says the Spain international is “thinking more about a departure in June”.
Image: AlamyTranslated by Sport Witness, Alvarez explained: “A major exit operation because there is a lot of wear and tear among the heavyweights in the dressing room. There are several players who are disgruntled and can’t stand the situation.”