The two-year ban on the Champions League of Man City may lead the most important stars to want to leave this summer
The international stars of Manchester City are professional enough to focus on winning three trophies, including the Champions League, for the remainder of this season.
But it would be naive to think that there will be no consequences after the summer if the two-year ban for the Champions League is maintained.
Players such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane would be coveted by most European top clubs who could promise them a place in the top competition.
Pep Guardiola insists that he stay in Man City next year, but his star players can leave
There may be a reduction in bonuses for City players without European football and without Champions League earnings there would have to be an appropriate reduction in the total wage bill at The Etihad to fit FFP.
It is of course very much the case that City is insisting that they go to arbitration to lift the ban. But if the worst happens and they are excluded, they run the risk of losing valuable talent.
Sportsmail have determined who could leave if City did not lift their ban …
KEVIN DE BRUYNE
A world class midfielder who would be interesting for almost every club on the continent if he ever expressed the wish to leave.
The £ 280,000 contract per week with The Etihad also includes a £ 1.5 million bonus for qualifying for the Champions League and an additional £ 1 million for winning it. That means that a city ban may cost him £ 5 million in those two years.
If City had to raise money to keep them within FFP, they could get £ 120 million for De Bruyne – not bad for a 28-year-old.
Intriguingly, Jurgen Klopp once wanted to sign him at Borussia Dortmund – but De Bruyne who would move to Anfield would be the ultimate sanction for breaking UEFA rules. Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been connected to him in the past.
There is no doubt that De Bruyne really likes to be in City, but he is also incredibly ambitious and missing the chance to win the European grand prize would leave him with a huge dilemma.
Kevin De Bruyne may want to go somewhere else if Manchester City does not lift his ban
The England attacker has previously spoken about his interest in playing abroad at some point in his career. So it is normal to wonder if a ban on the Champions League in City is the right time for him to taste La Liga or Serie A.
Sterling, earning £ 300,000 a week, is a long-term goal for Real Madrid, but City has so far been able to ward off interest with a combination of new contracts and the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola.
At 25, Sterling is at its peak and his fantastic work ethic is probably greater than that of all the other players who are classified as world class.
His agent has issued a clear statement that nothing will distract Sterling from trying to lead City to this season and he is making every effort to get fit for the Champions League confrontation against Real. But a reverse decision for City in arbitration can change the situation for next season.
Raheem Sterling has in the past been associated with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid
Pep Guardiola has admitted that he is powerless to force the German winger of £ 90,000 a week to sign a new contract, although he has categorically stated “We want him.”
It is a strange situation that Sane has missed the season after a cross injury sustained in the Community Shield, although he is in training again.
The 24-year-old has only one year left after his summer deal after this summer, and Bayern Munich, which likes to house all German top players, has previously offered £ 70 million.
Sane comes in the prime years of his career and has missed the current campaign so far, he doesn’t want to stay with a club for long unless they can offer Champions League football.
Lerpy Sane remains connected with a move to Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich
On a line with £ 80m Harry Maguire as the best central defender in Premier League bar Virgil van Dijk, and his reputation has increased further due to City’s defensive problems during his prolonged absence due to a knee injury.
It is one of the most mysterious mysteries of the game that the 25-year-old is not covered by France and he may think that a change will help that situation if City is not in the Champions League.
Chelsea is a great admirer and Barcelona has been a fan since they were beaten by Laporte’s Atletico Bilbao in the 2016 Spanish Super Cup.
Laporte has a deal of £ 120,000 a week to stay in City until 2025, so the club is in a strong position to avert interest unless they offer more than the Maguire fee and become the most expensive defender ever.
Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City has become the club’s star defender in recent years
The Brazilian has embraced life in Manchester and has made great efforts to learn and conduct interviews in English – unlike many of his City teammates.
However, a ban on the Champions League would be a disaster for the 22-year-old who is under enormous pressure from Roberto Firmino and Brazilians across Europe to be the most important center for the Selecao.
Pep Guardiola is already running him and Sergio Aguero and with fewer games due to a European ban, this means fewer minutes for Jesus.
Aguero is still number 1 at The Etihad and will have a final season there before completing his career in South America.
Large clubs such as Inter Milan follow the situation of Jesus in case he feels that he is coming from the Champions League, detrimental to his long-term perspectives.
For a young player from Palmeiras, he has done extremely well to adapt to England, but it is felt that the temptations of a warmer climate would still have an impact, despite his salary of £ 90,000 a week.
“It’s hard getting used to the cold – it’s always hard – but we’ll find a way,” he said earlier.
Gabriel Jesus could play in warmer climates if City’s European ban is enforced