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.
The report also claims that Joao Cancelo is also considering his options after seeing his playing time reduced in recent weeks.
Cancelo was open to leaving City last summer but relaxed his stance after playing a more pivotal part at the start of this season, though has fallen out of favour again of late.
Midfielder Rodri is also questioning his position in Guardiola’s plans after failing to make it off the bench in Porto, while Benjamin Mendy’s time at the club looks to be up if City receive a suitable bid.
Guardiola is keen to offload some of his fringe men in order to launch moves for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
And it is believed he could be prepared to let the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva go in order to boost his transfer kitty significantly.
Either player would command a considerably high fee and, in Mahrez’s case, now could be the best time for City to sell, given he has two years remaining on his contract.
At 30, the Algerian’s value is only going to diminish over the coming years, which makes his departure more likely than that of Silva, 26, though an offer for either player would be considered by Guardiola and City’s board.