Seven forgotten Man City players who could raise millions in transfer market after £25m bonus

Southampton's win over Leeds to return to the Premier League on Sunday may not have been good news for the Manchester City coach driver, or for fans facing another south coast trip next season, but it was brilliant news for the club accountants.

With Taylor Harwood-Bellis completing a second successive Championship promotion, Southampton are obligated to make his loan from City permanent, earning the Blues a handy £20m before the transfer window has already opened to add to the £5m received from Wolves for Tommy Doyle. Southampton have now paid City £69m in transfer fees in the last three seasons, which could rise closer to £80m with add-ons. A sell-on clause in Romeo Lavia's move to Chelsea also added £9m to City's budget last summer.

City have a number of academy prospects who will be in demand this summer once again while there are also a number of City Football Group signings who could be on the move. Last year, the likes of Yangel Herrera earned them a useful bonus, while Pedro Porro's transfer to Sporting boosted the budget by way of a generous sell-on clause.

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Perhaps the most lucrative asset City have this summer is Joao Cancelo, still under a long-term contract but unwanted at the Etihad. Barcelona want to sign him permanently but may not have the funds to match City's asking price. If he does leave on a permanent deal, he would still be worth tens of millions.

Staying in Catalonia, and right-back Yan Couto is in demand after a second year on loan at Girona - his third in total. Couto is a Brazil international and has caught the eye along with his Girona teammates who finished third in La Liga. With a year left on his Blues contract, this year could be the time to cash in, and his stock has never been higher.

Another right-back is Issa Kabore, one of Luton's better players in their debut Premier League campaign, building on a promising year in France last term. He has shone on the international stage for Burkina Faso and is another with a year left on his Blues deal.

Academy graduates Luke Mbete and Josh Wilson-Esbrand are both under contract until 2027 and have been out on loan this term in the Netherlands and France. Their prospects at City are limited, so this year could be the summer they leave their parent club and forge their own careers - earning City some money in the process.

January 2023 signing Maximo Perrone spent this term on loan at Las Palmas, making 30 appearances as the Gran Canarian side finished 16th in Spain. He has four years left on his City contract so an exit may not be rushed into, but if the right offer came along, City may be tempted to cash in. Alternatively, he could return to City over the summer to reassess his progress or embark on another loan move.

Finally, Brazilian winger Kayky suffered a nasty long-term injury while on loan at Bahia, and still has two years on his contract after joining for around £10m in 2021. The priority will be to recover well before his next move is decided, but could he be an option to raise some funds if an offer comes in.