Guardiola plays down chances of signing of a striker

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has played down the chances of signing a striker for his team citing financial situation due to Covid-19. City are on the hunt for a new striker after losing club legend Sergio Aguero on a free transfer to Barcelona last month.

City were rumoured to have submitted an initial £100m bid for Tottenham captain Harry Kane, who had expressed his desire to win silverware after a disappointing season with Spurs. However, Guardiola insists clubs around the world, including them are struggling financially. Speaking to Catalan network TV3, Pep said “At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it.”

All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres) who have been incredible in this position.”

We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”

We’ll do whatever we can do in the transfer window and if we can’t, we’ll still have the squad that has won the league three times in four years and reached the Champions League final.”

Tottenham’s new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici meanwhile has insisted he would want to keep Kane at Spurs, who has three years remaining on his contract. Speaking to Sky in Italy, Paratici said “Keeping him is not just my goal, it’s our goal as a club.”

I can’t wait to watch him play live, I’ve been really lucky in the past years because I’ve watched a lot of top players and strikers, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, and many more which now I forgot about.”

Right now, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He’s a complete player, really special. His physique is that of a real number nine, a true poacher, but he also has an incredibly refined technique.”

He is able to shoot with both feet and also provides many assists – very few people notice this, because he scores so many goals.”

He’s a team player, but he’s a finisher at the same time, so really I believe he is among the top three in the world.”

I haven’t heard from him yet because I don’t want to bother the players who are busy at the Euros, it doesn’t seem fair to me. They’re focused on their own goals with their national teams.”

Source: Sky Sports

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