Another summer transfer window is upon us, so who can Manchester City fans expect to be leaving in the coming weeks?
The summer transfer window is finally open once again, and with the World Cup reaching its climax far sooner than most of us would like, the transfer merry-go-round is likely to be in full-swing before long.
Considering their previous transfer dealings, it is surprising that the rumours relating to Manchester City have been somewhat quiet compared with those relating to their Premier League rivals. But while they are expected to sign reinforcements this summer, there are also likely to be some departures.
Here we take a look at four players who could be saying farewell to the Etihad stadium:
At the end of last season, the prospect of Yaya Toure leaving City was frankly preposterous; and yet following his comments surrounding an alleged birthday snub and the fact that he has done little to put the rumours of a departure to bed, it would be no surprise if the Ivory Coast international moved on this summer.
If he does, he will have no shortage of suitors, but City will have a job replacing both his influence and his goals.
Jack Rodwell is just one example of what moving to a big club can do to a young talent. Once touted as one of the most exciting young players in the game, the versatile star’s move to the Etihad has not gone according to plan.
It has already been suggested that the 23-year-old could move to Everton this summer, with Fernando’s arrival from FC Porto only pushing him further down the pecking-order. And were he to return to Goodison Park, we could see the resurgence of a player who shone during his first stint there.
A regular in the rumour mill for a few seasons now, it seems this could finally be the summer when Micah Richards moves on. Liverpool continue to be linked with the defender, who would improve a number of top-flight defences.
With another new centre-back likely to arrive at the Etihad this summer, and with Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna set to fight it out at right-back, Richards’ time at the Blues is surely coming to an end.
This one may be something of a surprise, but with Willy Caballero tipped – once more – to join Manuel Pellegrini in Manchester, Joe Hart may wonder if he is set for another prolonged stint on the substitutes’ bench.
When the Chilean did the same last season it worked a treat, Hart returning better than ever, but Caballero is unlikely to join the Blues merely to play back-up.
If the 32-year-old does arrive as is being suggested, Hart may opt to move on.