It has been an open secret that Manchester City are on the hunt for a striker to replace Sergio Aguero, but so far their search has been limited to one player…with limited results.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been courted all summer by manager Pep Guardiola, who sees the England captain as the man to spearhead City’s 2021/22 Premier League campaign. But having secured the services of Jack Grealish, City don’t seem in too much of a hurry to add Kane to their ranks before the start of the new season.
The saga has been drawn out since before the Euros started in June, and the longer England’s involvement in the tournament, the longer it seemed City would have to wait. It looked like there would be some movement last week when Kane failed to report for training, leading to speculation that the striker was trying to force a move to the blues.
Kane later went on record to justify his actions, saying “While I won’t go into the specifics of the situation, I want to clarify that I would never, and have never, refused to train. I will be returning to the club tomorrow, as planned.
“I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the relationship I have with the fans who have given me such unwavering support during my time with the club.” A clear indication that his talks with the club are not going as planned. Kane has now returned to training, although he is expected to miss the opening weekend clash with Spurs, and the chances are City will complete his move north after next weekend, to limit any chance of Kane facing his former club.
Reports have emanated over the weekend that City could use Bernardo Silva as part payment for Kane, but the Portuguese midfielder seems intent on moving to Spain and may need some convincing to move to north London in order to bring Kane north.
There were a few reports that City could instead turn to Lionel Messi, after the Argentine striker announced he is leaving Barcelona after 21 years but the 6 time Ballon D’or winner looks like he is making Paris his next destination and is set to join Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in a fierce looking attack for next season.
Some fans called for Aguero to return to the club after City’s record goal scorer was rumoured to be unhappy at the departure of Messi. However those fans will be relieved to know that Aguero will be out until at least November with a calf injury.
With Lautaro Martinez expected to complete a move to Spurs from Inter Milan, City’s options have narrowed significantly. But with 22 days of the transfer window remaining, City have the time to negotiate a reasonable fee for Kane that will keep them within the realms of FFP and, of course to keep opposing fans happy!
What do you think? Will City get their new striker in this transfer window?