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Sky Blue News: Focused on Kane, New Striker Link Emerges, Bronze Injury News, and More!!

11 days to the close of the transfer window and Kane still dominates the City news

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August 31st can’t come quick enough. The back-and-forth, he said-she said nature of this summer’s transfer window is enough to give you whiplash. Here’s the latest on transfer rumors and more.

Man City have two options if they don’t sign Harry Kane - Alex Brotherton & Dominic Farrell - Manchester Evening News

Alex and Dominic think that City can win even if they don’t add a top-tier striker. They give us their reasons why City shouldn’t compromise.

It’s no coincidence that City were vastly improved in Europe when they had an extra pair of legs in midfield. For years, City played an out-and-out striker and were overrun in the middle by teams on the continent.

And if they want to play with a more traditional striker from time to time, then (Gabriel) Jesus and Ferran Torres are more than capable of filling the role.

But don’t mistake this line of thought for naivety; yes, of course Kane would improve City’s attack. Yes, City have looked a little toothless up front for a while now and, without Aguero, Guardiola’s squad lacks an attacker with true goal-scoring instincts.

But is bringing in a striker of such vital importance that, should Daniel Levy flat out refuse to do business with City in the next week, the club should opt to buy someone else inevitably inferior to both Kane and Erling Haaland (who is staying at Borussia Dortmund for at least another season)?

City are at a level now where they shouldn’t be required to settle for second best and their quest to find a new striker should be no different.

Man City ‘Table’ €80M Offer For Harry Kane Alternative - Premier League Side Strike ‘Verbal Agreement’ With Player and Agent - Brandon Evans - City Xtra

There are reports that Vlahovic to City is a non-starter. Bu there is also a lot of talk of a deal for the young Serbian being nearly agreed.

With Pep Guardiola’s side’s struggles in front of goal evident, the club are desperate to recruit a striker before the transfer window closes, and with the pursuit of Harry Kane potentially at an impasse, the latest reports indicate that Manchester City are prepared to move for a Serie A striker.

As reported by Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester City have ‘tabled’ an offer of €80 million for 21-year-old Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The report also notes that the Premier League champions have a “verbal agreement with the player and his agent”, suggesting that negotiations with the highly-rated Serbian international are potentially at an advanced stage.

Tottenham handed massive Harry Kane transfer boost with major Robert Lewandowski decision - Daniel Orme - football.london

And now Lewandowsi enters the fray as the latest no. 9 to be linked to a move to the Etihad.

However, with news breaking of Robert Lewandowski’s despite to leave Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola’s men could even potentially look elsewhere.

According to Sky Sports, the Polish frontman wants to secure a move away to another top European team before he turns 35. Whilst it is also reported that he is happy at the Allianz Arena, a new challenge apparently appeals to the striker.

Meanwhile, it is suggested that the reigning Bundesliga giants would only be willing to sell should a fee in excess of £100million be offered for his signature by any interested party.

That price could well be deemed too costly for any club - even Manchester City - considering Lewandowski’s current age and sell-on potential. But the fact that he is on the market could well see the Premier League outfit enter negotiations with his current employers.

Manchester City v Norwich City – The Opposition - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue

Petec21 gives us the cast list for the Canaries as they make their return to Manchester after a year in the Championship.

Key Players

Although mor suited to the Championship, Finnish striker Teemu Pukki is still a threat in the Norwich attack. The striker scored 11 goals last time in the Premier League, however in his debut season at the club, he scored 30 and last season knocked in 26 as the Canaries secured promotion at the first attempt.

Former Newcastle keeper Tim Krul is between the sticks for the Canaries, while Todd Cantwell is a driving force in midfield who was rumoured to be on Aston Villa’s target list.

Who’s The Boss?

German manager Daniel Farke is still in charge at Carrow Road, with the Norwich board keeping the faith with him despite their relegation two seasons ago. He has taken charge of 196 games at Norwich, with a win percentage of 43.4%.

DE BRUYNE AND GUARDIOLA SHORTLISTED FOR TOP UEFA AWARDS - Neil Leigh - ManCity.com

The 2020/21 honours keep coming for MCFC. KDB and Pep are deservedly named for European awards.

De Bruyne has been nominated for the UEFA Men’s 2020/21 Player of the Year prize and is in contention for the award alongside Chelsea duo N’Golo Kane and Jorginho.

The Belgian midfielder was a tower of strength in helping guide City to a first-ever Champions League final appearance.

Meanwhile, City manager Guardiola is on a three-man shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year award alongside Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea and Italy and former City boss Roberto Mancini.

The boss oversaw a superb run of form during our European campaign, with City winning 11 of 12 games en route to the final.

Lucy Bronze: Manchester City and England defender undergoes successful surgery on right knee - Sky Sports

Here’s to a speedy recovery for the MCWFC defender!

The Manchester City full-back is now recovering and will return to training in the near future, according to a statement from the club.

No timeframe has been given for the England international’s return to the side, with the new Women’s Super League (WSL) season set to start on September 3.

Bronze, who formed part of the Team GB squad at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, confirmed in a Twitter post that she played through pain last season before her procedure.

Former Manchester City Star Law Diagnosed With Dementia - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue

And finally, Pete has a bit of bad news for a Manchester footballing legend. All the best to Denis Law and his family.

Law had two spells with City in the 60’s and 70’s and spent the majority of his career across the road at Old Trafford, where he made over 400 appearances for the reds in a trophy-laden career spanning 18 years.

He returned to City for the 1973/74 season and is best remembered for scoring a backheeled goal against United that looked to have sent his former club crashing into the second division. Law, along with the rest of the football world, later discovered United’s fate had already been sealed elsewhere.

Don’t forget to stop back for more Sky Blue News tomorrow as you start you Man City gameday!