Mahrez in the heart of a big summer cleanup in City?

After the sensitive defeat in the Champions League semifinals against Real, it seems that the time has come for major personnel changes at Manchester City. A reshuffle that could push Riyad Mahrez towards the exit next summer, according to information from the Telegraph.

After the disappointment, it’s time to meet City. Beaten by Madrid on Wednesday (3-1, 6-5 sc), the Skyblues lost all hope of their first C1 title after the situation changed beyond reality. A difficult elimination for Pep Guardiola and his men who must now turn their attention to the Championship where the battle with Liverpool rages on. A first step before autopsying at the end of the season the deep reasons that could justify their difficulties in obtaining the European Grail, despite the considerable funds invested by Sheikh Mansour since 2008. As a result, several questions remain, mainly that of Pep Guardiola’s future. The recently extended contract of the former FC Bayern Munich expires in 2023.

The Spanish technician, who has been in the hunt for a Champions League crown since 2011, should really renew his contract with the Citizens. According to information released across the English Channel, Pep Guardiola could extend his contract until 2025 this summer. A crucial step for the Mancunian board, which is likely to lead to a profound upheaval in its workforce after this extension. In fact, according to information from The Telegraph, five players could have to leave the club at the end of this season when their contracts expire next year. Among those players are Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Benjamin Mendy facing criminal charges (Editor’s note: verdict is expected in June) for multiple counts of rape and sexual assault.

At the end of the contract in the summer of 2023, these five players will be given special attention with a view to their participation in the next European epics of the Citizens, with files treated differently depending on the case studied. As for Raheem Sterling, the England international was offered an extension by City at the start of the season. A proposal that is still relevant and will be discussed this summer. Talks between the two parties could quickly move into the off-season with Sterling’s calls for more playing time ahead of the World Cup, which is due to be played at the end of the year. A situation almost similar to that of Bernardo Silva – under contract until 2025 – who has proposed a contract extension that will also be discussed at the end of the season. However, the Portugal international would be motivated by desire to relocate, particularly to Spain, where FC Barcelona would be keeping a close eye on his contract situation.

Uncertainty for Mahrez, a sought-after Bennacer profile

On the Mahrez and Gündogan side, the situation seems more complex. Both 31 years old, the two players remain awaiting Manchester City’s desire to include them in their project for years to come. If the Germany international announced his desire to stay at Manchester in March, according to the same source, the decision will be made thanks to talks between Guardiola and his leaders about this transfer. Talks over the Mahrez and Gundogan cases could therefore take place after the Catalan technician’s extension. What speculation about the departure of the Algerian, who monopolizes the title of Citizens’ top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions this season.

Another big change is expected in Manchester with the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland, whose clause was set to be overturned by City following an agreement between the parties, which is now conditional on Guardiola remaining as manager. The arrival of the Norway international would thus nudge Gabriel Jesus towards the exit after he had expressed his desire to leave the north of England at the end of the season. Arsenal are among the potential targets, even though no official offer has reached Mancuen’s office.

Finally, on the rookie side, Manchester City would be looking for a midfielder who can develop further as a recuperator or torch bearer to help Fernandinho’s exit at the end of this season. City, who acquired Argentina midfielder Julian Alvarez for €16m last winter, could target Frenkie de Jong and leave the possibility of a Bernardo Silva switch open. As for them, Algerian fans encourage them to look to Milan, where Ismaël Bennacer could meet the criteria of the profile the English are aiming for. As a result, the departure of one Algerian from City could lead to the arrival of another …

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