Manchester City may have been victorious in the race to win the Premier League, but they’re still set on a summer overhaul, with the majority of their English contingent due to be shipped out.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have a distinctly new look for next season and currently stand as 7/4 favourites to regain the championship next time around.
Jack Rodwell, Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair will all be allowed to leave, while new contracts will not be offered to experienced duo Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott, according to Sky Sports.
Four of the five are fully-fledged internationals and there’ll be ample clubs clamouring to snap up their services.
With no destinations mapped out for any of the quintet already, news.bwin.com/en/ moots what the future may hold for three of the five.
Based on his performances for Everton last term, the former Aston Villa man will be most sought-after of the players in question.
Few screen the defence with greater diligence than Barry and Arsenal are one club in need of an enforcer.
Arsene Wenger is a known admirer and a short-term deal could appeal to the FA Cup winners.
Tipped for greatness during his Everton days, the half-Brazilian utility man didn’t quite hit the heights following a £12m move from Goodison Park 2012/13.
A similar thing can be said of another Merseyside export, Jonjo Shelvey, who has flourished with increased access to top level first-team football at Swansea.
Rodwell would do following in the former Charlton star’s footsteps, where his disciplined approach and adeptness in possession would be a fine foil to Shelvey’s rambunctiousness.
Surprisingly still only 25, few can match the hulking stopper for pace and strength.
Newcastle’s incumbent right-back Mathieu Debuchy has been tipped to join former teammate Yohan Cabaye at Paris Saint-Germain this summer and Richards could be the ideal replacement.
It’s reported that Alan Pardew plans to increase the English contingent at St James’ Park, while he’s also thought to have access to a sizeable transfer war chest.
An upper mid-table team such as the Toon would be ideal for Richards too, who arguably enjoyed his best years when Man City were in the same position prior to Sheikh Mansour’s arrival.