Four stars that could still leave Man City despite Ronaldo transfer failure

Manchester City may have missed out to Manchester United in the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of transfer activity around the Etihad in the coming days.

Pep Guardiola is still on the lookout for a new striker after watching Sergio Aguero depart at the end of last season and subsequently missing out on Ronaldo and Harry Kane.

The City hierarchy know that signing a striker this late in the window won't come cheap – and after splashing out £100million on Jack Grealish – the Premier League champions could do with earning a few quid through sales.

Daily Star Sport is taking a look at five players who could still leave the Etihad this summer.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has been consistently linked with a move away from the Etihad following an underwhelming 2020-21 season.

City won the Premier League and reached the Champions League final but Sterling under-performed by his own high standards, managing only 10 goals in the top-flight.

This summer there were murmurs that the Etihad club planned to use him as a makeweight in moves for Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo, although both of those deals ultimately fell part.

It seems unlikely that Sterling will be going anywhere right now, but his future at the champions isn't as certain as it once was.

Bernardo Silva

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Like Sterling, Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva has also been talked about as a makeweight in deals for Kane and Ronaldo.

However, unlike his team-mate, Silva's future at the Etihad appears much more unstable.

The 27-year-old has been consistently linked with a move to help finance City's spending plans.

When Pep Guardiola was recently asked about Silva's desire to leave, he said it will only work if the right offer arrives.

He said: "He's our player. Not just Bernardo, there are two, three or four players that want to leave."

Recent rumours suggest Silva has agreed terms with AC Milan, but he played a key role in City's win over Arsenal on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus will never be a like-for-like replacement for Sergio, but Guardiola seems to be warming to the Brazilian.

After providing three assists against Norwich last week, Guardiola said of the forward: "That's one of the reasons why I'm a manager – the best moments are when you can work with people and humans like Gabriel.

"He never complains. If he plays five minutes, he plays the best five minutes he can do. He’s so young. A big congratulations because he deserves in life the best. He’s so generous and I'm incredibly satisfied for him."

In the absence of any other first-choice strikers, it seems unlikely that City would get rid of Jesus before the transfer window closes.

But according to reports in Globo, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the 24-year-old if Kylian Mbappe completes a move to Real Madrid.

Aymeric Laporte

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Big things were expected of Aymeric Laporte following his arrival from Athletic Bilbao, but after an impressive first season, things haven't quite fallen into place for the defender.

Laporte made just 15 Premier League appearances during the 2019-20 season and lost his place as a regular starter last term because of the form of both John Stones and Ruben Dias.

As a result, the 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad, with Juventus seen as his most likely destination.

Despite rumours linking him with a switch, the Spaniard has forced his way back into the team of late and started against Norwich last week and Arsenal on Saturday.

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