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Report: Manchester City looking to ship off six fringe players; six first-teamers could also leave

Manchester City are aiming to recoup £70m in transfer fees on fringe players to raise funds for big summer signings.

The Daily Mail report that the Premier League champions could sell six players permanently this summer to raise funds.

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City are keen on signing Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, yet sales will have to happen to facilitate these moves.

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Jack Harrison is close to joining Leeds United after three years on loan with the Yorkshire club. Whilst the likes of Pedro Porro and Yangel Herrera are being watched by multiple clubs around Europe.

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Lukas Nmecha, Ivan Ilic and Morgan Rogers are also likely to leave this summer, with the trio impressing on loan.

The Germany U-21 striker, in particular, has flourished with Anderlecht under Vincent Kompany’s management.

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As per the report, first-team players Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte all have admirers from around Europe. But transfers for these players would depend on how much City value them.

Trimming down on bloated squad will benefit City hugely

Top Premier League clubs have earned a reputation over the years for hoarding the best young players and failing to give them the first-team football they need to develop. And this summer, City appear to be cutting down on the squad.

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Indeed, with multiple players out on loan and one of the biggest first-teams in the Premier League, City could do with moving on some names this summer that have no future at the club.

And with Guardiola keen on adding world-class talent to the team in the former of Grealish and Kane, it only makes sense for the City manager to want to clear out the squad and earn some funds in the process.

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