Report: Guardiola plans Manchester City summer changes, starting with sale of Wilfried Bony

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Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony could be sold this summer.

According to the Daily Star, Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony will be sold this summer.

The report claims that incoming boss Pep Guardiola is keen to reshape his City squad, and axing the Ivory Coast international striker is said to be one of those key changes in mind.

Bony only joined City from fellow Premier League side Swansea City 14 months ago, yet for much of his stay at the Etihad Stadium, he has had to play second fiddle to main striker Sergio Aguero.

Pep Guardiola has traditionally only played with one centre-forward with two players supporting from the flanks, with the key being plenty of mobility and movement off the ball.

Bony, in contrast, is predominantly a target man who plays with his back to goal, therefore his chances of regular first-team football aren’t expected to improve under the guidance of the current Bayern Munich boss..

The 27-year-old has made just ten Premier League starts this season, scoring four goals, but in spite of his lack of action, he does remain a respected striker in the top-flight.

Bony won’t have any trouble in finding a potential suitor willing to take him on, though it does remain to be seen how much City are willing to take a loss on him if they opt to sell.

The Daily Star goes on to say that fellow players Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Fernando also have question marks over their future though Bony remains the most likely to leave first.

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