Sky Sports pundit picks three Manchester City players Guardiola could sell

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Pep Guardiola will take over the Manchester City managerial job in the summer.

Former player Matt Le Tissier believes that Pep Guardiola will sell Manchester City trio Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph when he takes over this summer, Sky Sports report.

The current Bayern Munich manager will replace Manuel Pellegrini as City boss this summer.

Guardiola will take over a squad which has this season won the League Cup, reached the Champions League semi-final and appears on target for a top-four spot - possibly third if they defeat Arsenal this weekend.

Despite their improvements in Europe, many feel that City have again underperformed this season and a number of players could find themselves up for sale when Guardiola takes over this summer.

The former Barcelona boss has a distinct playing style and is not afraid to make controversial changes, prompting Le Tissier to predict trio Mangala, Otamendi and Delph to leave this summer.

“Once again Pep will be looking at whether his centre-backs are good enough to be in a Champions League winning side and none of their other three [aside from Kompany] meet that criteria,” the former Southampton man told Sky Sports as he predicted Mangala and Otamendi to go.

He added on Delph’s chances of staying: “I think Pep will probably want to keep two of three three central-midfielders and Delph is perhaps the one he'd allow to leave.”

Names such as Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony, Martin Demichelis, Wily Caballero and Pablo Zabaleta have also been tipped to leave, and it is difficult to really argue against those suggestions.

Considering Kompany’s injury problems, selling Mangala and Otamendi would leave City with no fit centre-backs and the latter only joined the club from Valencia 12 months ago.

Delph is another surprise as he also only joined the Citizens 12 months ago. His England international status should buy him another season at least, and he deserves a chance to stake his claim as a regular.

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