CITY SPE­CIAL BIG GUNS ARE NOT ABOARD FOR TOUR

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Stuart Brennan

CITY’S squad flew out to Houston this week for the start of their USA tour... mi­nus some big names.

The Blues have trav­elled ahead of their clash with United in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing, which will be the first Manch­ester derby ever played out­side England.

And while most of the big guns were on the flight from Manch­ester Air­port, it was the omis­sions which sparked most of the in­ter­est.

And with City not con­firm­ing the names in their tour party, and not cov­er­ing the de­par­ture ex­ten­sively them­selves, plenty of fuel has been thrown on the ru­mour fires.

Samir Nasri, Eli­aquim Man­gala and Ja­son De­nayer, all sur­plus to re­quire­ments, were un­ex­pect­edly on the flight, but Wil­fried Bony, in the same boat, was not

So who wasn’t on the plane, and who was?

LEROY SANE and YAYA TOURE were both con­spic­u­ous by their ab­sence, both key mem­bers of the City squad last sea­son.

With Toure, last sea­son’s stand-off be­tween his agent Dmitri Seluk and man­ager Pep Guardi­ola – which re­sulted in him be­ing banned from match­day squads for two months – will al­ways lead to spec­u­la­tion.

But we un­der­stand that both play­ers will fly out sep­a­rately from the main party ei­ther to­day or Wed­nes­day, for mun­dane rea­sons. KELECHI IHEANA­CHO The striker is ex­pected to leave this sum­mer with Leicester favourites to land him in a £25m move, so his ab­sence is no great sur­prise. JADON SAN­CHO The 17-year-old is tipped for great­ness but, while his youth team col­leagues Brahim Diaz and Phil Fo­den were on the plane, San­cho was not spot­ted.

That fu­elled the talk that he may want to leave for Ar­se­nal or Spurs, but he trained with the first team squad all last week and City sources say it is 100 per cent cer­tain he will stay. NI­CO­LAS OTAMENDI Mys­tery has sur­rounded the Ar­gentina de­fender af­ter he was not in­volved in City’s first week of train­ing.

But he will also travel in the next cou­ple of days, via a dif­fer­ent route, for rea­sons un­known. FER­NANDO City have main­tained that he will only be sold this sum­mer if a de­cent of­fer comes in.

New­cas­tle have been in­ter­ested but their £5m val­u­a­tion ap­peared to have fallen short – but his ab­sence from the flight in­di­cates that a move is afoot. FABIAN DELPH The York­shire­man was placed on the un­wanted list at the start of the sum­mer and has at­tracted in­ter­est from New­cas­tle and Stoke, with a £12m fee mooted.

He ap­pears to have been left at home, with a deal pos­si­bly be­ing done in the next fort­night. CLAU­DIO BRAVO The goal­keeper will not take part in the tour af­ter his penalty shoot-out hero­ics saw Chile go all the way to the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup fi­nal ear­lier this month.

The Blues have taken new boy Eder­son, plus back-ups Danny Grimshaw and Aro Muric. BERNARDO SILVA The £43m new boy will also miss the tour as he was in the Por­tu­gal team which reached the semi- ●● fi­nals of the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup and is due back in train­ing at the end of the month. WIL­FRIED BONY An­other of the play­ers with a price tag round his neck – whether his omis­sion is down to a deal be­ing close, with Swansea, Lille and Chi­nese Su­per League clubs in­ter­ested, is not clear.

PROB­A­BLE CITY TOUR PARTY - Keep­ers: Eder­son, Grimshaw, Muric.

De­fend­ers: Walker, Stones, Kom­pany, Otamendi, Ko­larov, De­nayer, Man­gala, Adara­bioyo.

Mid­field: Zinchenko, Nasri, Roberts, Ster­ling, Gun­do­gan, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Fo­den, Diaz, Fer­nand­inho, Toure, Sane.

For­wards: Je­sus, Aguero

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