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AXE FACTOR; Nasri, Bony and Mangala facing Pep's City boot NASRI, BONY & MANGALA FACING AXE.


TWO Manchester City stars face the humiliation of being left out of Pep Guardiola's Premier League and Champions League squads.

Guardiola must name his squads this Thursday, and both competitions have a limit of 17 senior foreign players.

With the arrival of Chile international goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, City now have 19 imports. That means two from Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala TURN TO PAGE 75 FROM BACK PAGE who cost the club a total of PS95million, will be excluded.

And, with Joe Hart also deemed surplus and available to loan, City face the prospect of paying PS500,00 each week in wages for players that Guardiola doesn't want.

City go into the final four days of the transfer window desperately trying to find takers for a trio of players and an England keeper, who they value at PS30m.

A senior Etihad source last night insisted that there is interest in all four players, but there is also an acceptance that the club are likely to end up subsidising any departures through wages and fees.

City believe the lack of departures so far is down to brinksmanship.

The source said: "Clubs are vying to get the best deal possible and, although it could go down to the final few hours of the window, we are comfortable with the situation."

Hart - the highest earner of the four, on PS135,000 a week - is being eyed by Sunderland, following an injury to Vito Mannone.

But the Black Cats would have to pay a PS7m loan fee and convince the 29-year-old to move to Wearside. Nasri, Mangala and Bony are surplus to requirements.

Nasri, a PS25m recruit from Arsenal five years ago, is attracting interest from Besiktas, but the Turkish club want City to meet the bulk of his PS120,000-a-week wages if a loan deal can be agreed.

Valencia and Napoli have similar reservations about taking Mangala off City's hands and the Blues are hoping Spurs' interest will save them cash on a player who cost PS42m from Porto just two years ago.

Bony has also been a flop since arriving from Swansea for PS28m just 18 months ago.

Yaya Toure also looked likely to be heading for the exit, but he has told Guardiola that he wants to see out the remaining year of his PS225,000-a-week contract - and the City boss is happy to keep him.

Toure has lost weight since being told by Guardiola he was too heavy.

And Guardiola said: "I spoke with Yaya and he said he wants to stay.

"If he wants to stay, then I am happy for him to stay because there are a lot of games and I know his quality.

"Of course, I know him very well and his behaviour from the beginning was perfect.

"When his behaviour is OK and his agent as well, then everything goes well."


CITY OUTCASTS: Nasri, Bony and Mangala

ON HIS WAY OUT: Hart is to leave City, either on loan or permanently

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2016
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