As yet the clearest indication of those at the biggest risk are Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfired Bony after all three players were omitted from Manchester City’s list submitted to UEFA for their Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest on Monday evening.
Further indication that Nasri, Mangala and Bony have no place in Guardiola’s plans can be drawn from his decision to leave the trio in Manchester as City headed to Gothenburg to pay Arsenal in a friendly on Sunday evening.
Speaking after the 3-2 defeat, Guardiola said about Bony and Mangala: “Now, in that moment, they are players for Manchester City," before adding: “Of course, until something happens they will be a player.”
Manchester City's Samir Nasri
Since signing from Arsenal in 2011, Nasri’s form has come in fits and starts, while Mangala and Bony have had torrid times, particularly the French international Mangala. With none of the trio facing injuries it has added further fuel to the fire that their future’s lie away from the Etihad.
Yet there remains no evidence that they will be the only players on their way out of the club. Doubts still remain around Raheem Sterling’s future at City after the signings of forwards Leroy Sane from Schalke and Nolito from Celta Vigo, despite Guardiola’s insistent the player has a place within his squad.
Indifferent form last season and receiving criticism throughout Euro 2016 has done little for his confidence and with a number of forward options now at Guardiola’s disposal, deep concerns have been raised of where Sterling goes from here.
While Sterling’s position at present is far from untenable, City also have a number of players on lucrative contracts that are due to expire in a years time.
Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy and Willy Caballero are all out of contract next year and while Guardiola has made no indication he is looking to unload all, if any, there has been little noise that they have been offered new terms.
There also remain doubts around a number of high-profile squad players with Aleksandar Kolarov topping the list of possible players making their way out of City.
Much like many of City’s squad players, he has been given no assurances over his future and has recently been linked with a move away from the club, with Turkish side Beskitas potential suitors.