The end of the 2020/21 campaign could not come soon enough for Bristol City, who staggered over the line and ended the season in 19th.
Despite poor recent results, Nigel Pearson has been trusted with leading the Robins moving forward and with a significant chunk of his squad out of contract, it looks as though he will have a rebuilding process on his hands.
With the start of the transfer window now less than a month away, we’ve rounded up all the latest City transfer news…
City set to release 11 players
Football Insider reported yesterday that 11 of the Robins’ out-of-contract players are set to be released, including Jack Hunt, Jamie Paterson, Famara Diedhiou, and Marley Watkins.
The Bristol Post has since backed that report, adding Tommy Rowe, Nathan Baker, Adrian Mariappa, Rene Gilmartin, and Henri Lansbury to the list of departing players.
It is understood that some player decisions could still yet be made, with Andi Weimann and Danny Simpson both set to stay.
The Bristol Post claim that Pearson is looking to change the culture of the dressing room and shape his squad himself.
Liam Walsh’s future up in the air
One player whose future remains unclear is Liam Walsh.
He has not been named as one of those departing the club in the summer but his contract is set to expire soon.
According to the Bristol Post, negotiations are still in the air and Walsh’s future was yet to be decided as of last night.
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Robins offered chance to sign Chuba Akpom
With Diedhiou among those set to depart, City will likely be on the lookout for a new striker and it seems Middlesbrough have made Chuba Akpom available.
TEAMtalk has reported that Akpom has been told he has no future at the Riverside and that his representatives have offered him to the Robins already, with a loan move possible.
The 25-year-old joined for a fee in the region of £2.75 million last summer but added just five goals last season.
Derby County and Birmingham City join race for City target
Alex Pritchard is understood to have been on the Robins’ radar throughout the season and Huddersfield Town have now confirmed he’ll be a free agent this summer.