Manchester City have revealed that Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero will all leave the club when their contracts conclude at the end of June.

Caballero joined for £7m from Malaga in summer 2014, whilst Navas was a £17m buy from Sevilla in 2013.

Meanwhile both Sagna and Clichy moved from Arsenal, the right-back when he was out of contract in 2014 and Clichy a £6m buy in 2011.

Whilst all four players are now in their 30s, it surely goes without saying that Rafa Benitez will at the very least have one or more of them under consideration as a potential summer signing, to help make that step up to the Premier League.

The United boss recruited the then 33 year old Daryl Murphy and 31 year old Jesus Gamez to give the squad experience and quality.

The important factor in all four players’ favour is that it isn’t as though they have been seen as past it by Pep Guardiola, with all of them playing significant parts in the Manchester City season just ended, players simply needing to be moved on to make room for new signings.

Between the four players, they made 125 first team appearances in 2016/17, including 83 in the Premier League.

Navas and Clichy are only 31, whilst Sagna is 34 and keeper Caballero is 35.

Only a fortnight ago there were widespread reports that Rafa Benitez had met up with Manchester City Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, to discuss two possible summer transfers.

The two players in question were said to be Brazilian midfielder Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala, the French defender.

The reports added that the United boss is interested in a number of players Manchester City might make available this summer – but that these initial talks had concerned Mangala and Fernando.

As always, Manchester City have more players than they know what to do with and clearly Guardiola is having to clear the decks to now bring in more players of his own choosing.

Newcastle United have already stated that the transfer strategy will be one that will include both permanent signings such as Christian Atsu who completed his move on Wednesday, as well as loan deals.

In advance of meeting Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez had stated that rather than the discussions simply being about how much money he would have to spend, instead he wanted to present a vision of how he could take the club forward and wanted Ashley to buy into that.

It isn’t inconceivable that a significant part of that vision, certainly in the short-term, may well have been making signings of players who previously wouldn’t have been considered by the owner. The likes of Navas and Clichy would definitely be assets to Newcastle but even just matching their current wages would be far above what any current Newcastle player receives.

Manchester City clearly would have decided some time ago that these contracts were not going to be renewed/extended, so very likely that Rafa Benitez will have also discussed these players set to be released.

If there is interest from Rafa then it certainly won’t do any harm that once again Newcastle have a respected Manager who can help sell the club to potential signings.



  • Phil K

    Too old, too past it and will demand ridiculous wages to “retire” at Newcastle
    We’ve had this too bloody often in past

    • Soldier

      Clichy isn`t to old & with no fee you can afford to pay high wages, plus we`ve had players at 22 who seem to have retired

      • Phil K

        LOL ! Yes, thats true. But the number of older players who don’t put the effort in and seem to think it’s their cushy retirement package is ridiculous. FAR more than those who actually contribute. And we and the makems have had a disproportionate amount of them over past 20-30 years

      • Phil K

        Ha ! Good point. But we HAVE had too many come here after doing well elsewhere and don’t even go through the motions just here to be overpaid

    • Mathew Barlow

      We’ve had the wrong players too often I agree; however, Clichy would surely be a great addition for a newly promoted team, looking for prem experience, and in a problem position for us. Navas plays in both Richie and Atsu’s natural position so a starter for the left wing would be a higher priority for me.

  • NUFCDan

    Clichy and Navas would be both be no brainers if the contract demands weren’t ridiculous – however I suspect they will be and that less frugal clubs than us will be interested in them both.

  • wowski13

    Clichy would surely be a no brainier, we need premier league quality at left back and he wouldn’t take anything out of the transfer budget. A 3-4 year deal for a someone who could be a regular first team player for 3 years. It allows you to prioritise other needs in the squad while continuing to scout a long term option at left back.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Navas too but the wages may be crippling and we do need to avoid being a retirement home. If they were to come on a success-based contract, that would give us all a bit of reassurance.

  • Leazes Ender

    Why the hell should we be the dumping ground for the clubs who will be challenging for the top places, stuff them!

    • Lord

      We shouldn’t be – but that’s where we are right now; it’s not 2001 any more.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      You want us to be gong for 24 yr olds with [s]sell on value[/s] their careers in front of them?

      Good for you, I agree that should be the policy where possible.

      • Leazes Ender

        That isn’t what I said…. this is the silly season and it lasts twelve months with this club. We are going to be linked with every player on decent money who are no longer the best option for their clubs.

        Why should we be the ones to bail them out, we should leave them to burden the finances.

        No Yaya’s for the Yo-yo.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          In this case, these are out of contract so we’d not be bailing their clubs out. However, City’s players will be used to a certain level of pay-packet, we may need them to accept their market value may not be so high.

          Both Clichy and Navas would be good at NUFC but they are not worth the salaries they have enjoyed.

          • Cuh736

            Clichy was worth every penny

      • texfitz

        Why on earth would you want to sell your players on? Has this not been the root of the problem? Crazy comment.

  • Toon fan

    I have read that Liverpool will be signing Clichy. Gibbs from Arsenal would be a good shout

  • Alex

    None will end up at top 6 clubs and none will get the salary they get now. At these ages, they’re aware that they’ll have to drop a bit in both team standard and pay levels.

    Clichy, I’d have taken in a heartbeat, but Dummy had a very solid last 1/3 of the season. So, I’m more keen on filling our priorities of CF and CM first, before spending on a LB.

  • Grahame Johnson

    Who ever we sign must have the hunger and passion our squad now have, we must never lose that,no more I’m here to top up my pension type players

  • Nicholas Dryden

    wouldn’t want any of them

    • Jimblag23

      Why?

  • Cuh736

    We have always talked about signing players with premier league experience. Believe me, it doesn’t get much Better than clichy and sagna.

    Clichy, If we could get a player of that calibre, would add a lot to our young lads. Haidara may benefit from an experienced fellow Frenchman too, and step up to become a much better player

  • Paul Patterson

    Put simply, we need to take whatever players the top four don’t want, provided they want to come. That’s the only way we will finish ahead of the rest.

  • Alreet

    Id take clichy. Not sure bout sagna. Trust rafa though. He will be clearing his own decks soon

  • Sing in the Leazes

    If we do go for an ‘oldie’ it’ll only be after Rafa looks into their eyes and asks them (in Spanish) if they are up for his project. He’ll know if he can inspire them or not.
    The other risk is fitness but you take that chance with all ages.