Manchester City’s failure to end their wait for a Champions League crown could force Pep Guardiola into drastic action in the summer as he looks to improve his already elite playing squad.
Pep Guardiola could look to trim several big names from his Manchester City squad this summer in a bid to raise cash for his two main transfer targets.
The City boss is still reeling from missing out on the Champions League again and will be all too aware of the need to strengthen ahead of what promises to be a tighter title battle domestically next season.
But perhaps just as big a task for Guardiola is trying to keep every player in his squad happy.
Sergio Aguero is already bidding farewell to the club after 10 years, but his exit doesn’t appear to be particularly amicable, and the striker barely got a look-in under Guardiola for much of the campaign.
Guardiola’s preference to play a ‘false nine’ in attack limited Aguero’s chances of playing time – a similar situation which is now hampering Gabriel Jesus’s involvement.
Both players started on the bench for the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea, and Jesus is reportedly one of a number of City stars ‘dissatisfied’ with his current role under Guardiola.
Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte are also among the key trio of stars growing increasingly disillusioned at the Etihad, according to a report from The Athletic .
While considered a big part of the first team set-up, Laporte has slipped down the pecking order behind Ruben Dias and John Stones, while Sterling’s indifferent form has seen him lose his place to Phil Foden, although he was handed a start in Saturday’s final.