Following their embarrassing Champions League last-16 loss to the best team in the world at the moment, Manchester City are understandably planning wholesale changes this summer.
Up to 13 players will be axed in what the Guardian dubs a ‘brutal’ shakeup at the Etihad Stadium, with talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure among the high-profile heads on the chopping block.
Stevan Jovetic, Gael Clichy and Martin Demichelis are others whose Citizen days are believed to be numbered, a troop manager Manuel Pellegrini may be well be a part of following the 3-1 aggregate reverse suffered against Barcelona.
With such a smorgasbord of talent set to be shown the Etihad door, several of which have been Man City’s most trusted practitioners in recent seasons, there are sure to be plenty of Premier League rivals ready to scavenge the carcass of the champions’ ailing 2014/15 campaign.
Here are some of the vultures who should be circling and the hunks of meat they’ll be swooping for.
Amazingly, City are reportedly considering giving their most consistent performer of the past six seasons the heave-ho.
Such a course of action is certain to cause an almighty squabble in the transfer market, with the 30-year-old’s quality showing no signs of waning.
He can fill in at both full-back berths and averages an impressive four tackles per outing in the top flight this term.
Capable of contributing in the upper echelons too, Zabaleta has weighed in with three assists and a goal, taking his tally from the previous two terms to nine set ups and two strikes.
A complete full-back, his name will especially appeal to arch rivals Manchester United, who are on the lookout for reinforcements on the right of defence having deployed winger Antonio Valencia in this post on nine instances so far.
French conjurer Nasri isn’t the hardest grafter, but he can pick a pass, as 20 Premier League assists across the previous three campaigns will attest.
City can apparently do without such impressive figures, which could open the door to a north London return.
If the former Marseille man’s move from Arsenal to City didn’t burn all his bridges at the Emirates, a potential switch to Tottenham would certainly see them crumble.
It’s a transition popular Clock End voodoo doll Emmanuel Adebayor made and Nasri’s guile is all the Lilywhites’ final third formula is lacking.
The industrious England ace is out of contract at the end of the campaign and, with talk of a new deal non-existent, he’s certain to leave.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old with a view to having him replace skipper Steven Gerrard.
Capable of playing on either flank, Milner’s at his best in the centre of midfield and his experience will be vital in the Reds’ young team.