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Guardiola lists Iheanacho in Manchester City clear-out


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Kelechi Iheanacho is reportedly among the unwanted players at Manchester City. PHOTO: AFP. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Reports from London indicate that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has concluded plans to have a clear out majority of his first team members, including Kelechi Iheanacho, to make room for the new players he feels would help him achieve his ambition of dominating English football.

Manchester City will end Guardiola’s first season in English football without any trophy and the Spaniard wants to restructure his squad.

German publication Bild has reported that Bundesliga clubs, including Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim, are keen on bringing Iheanacho to Germany.

Iheanacho is expected to join the likes of Ivoirians Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna, Joe Hart and Gael Clichy in being sold or released by City to make way for new recruits, according to TEAMtalk.

The 20-year-old Nigeria is expected to bring a transfer fee of around 20-million pounds.

Meanwhile, a highly placed source at Borussia Dortmund says any bid for Iheanacho won’t involve star forward, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang going the opposite direction.

Manchester City have reportedly offered Iheanacho in exchange plus cash for the Gabonese forward, who is a prime target for City manager Pep Guardiola this summer.

However, a club insider revealed the club have put together a package for the signing of Iheanacho, which doesn’t involve Aubameyang, insisting that any move by City for the Bundesliga top scorer won’t involve Iheanacho.

Southampton sounded out Manchester City over his availability during the course of last week, but German side Hoffenheim have reportedly held talks with him and are currently locked in talks with City.

Dortmund will be hoping to steal a march on their Bundesliga rival as close sources revealed they would later this week make an official bid for the services of Iheanacho to Manchester City.

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