Manchester City are reportedly planning an overhaul of their playing squad in the summer. The club is widely expected to replace current manager Manuel Pellegrini with the Premier League-bound Pep Guardiola in the coming months, and the Spaniard appears likely to have a revamped squad with which to work.
Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony will be among the big-name casualties of the effort to overhaul the squad, according to The Telegraph. Neither player is said to be suited to Guardiola's possession-oriented style of play and will therefore, exit the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
City are thought to be determined to ensure their squad fits Guardiola's vision of the game, which has already proven to be successful during trophy-laden periods at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. It has, in fact, been suggested Guardiola is already having an input in City's transfer plans, with the Spaniard reported to want a more versatile forward to replace Bony.
City are also said to be keen to sell France international Mangala, whose on-field performances have failed to match his eye-watering £32m ($46m) price tag. Mangala, 24, has struggled to find consistent form since moving to England and could soon be on his way out of the door.
Guardiola is a fan of Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte, according to The Telegraph, while City have also been credited with an interest in Everton's John Stones. However, they are likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to sign the England international.
What's more, it is reported that at least one of City's current full-backs will be allowed to leave the club, while they are also prepared to listen to offers for the likes of Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri.