Manchester City keep their search on for new striker

Manchester City has made their intentions clear that they are looking to add a top-quality striker this summer. The Premier League holders are desperate to fill in the void left by Sergio Aguero, who recently joined Barcelona in the ongoing transfer window.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has recently claimed that the Sky Blues have made an “officially” bid for Kane for a transfer fee worth 100 million pounds. It is important to remember that none of the involved parties have issued a proper statement regarding this latest rumour.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Harry Kane of England looks on during the international friendly match between England and Austria at Riverside Stadium on June 02, 2021, in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)

However, alongside Kane, the team has kept tabs on another top striker. Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland seems to have attracted the Sky Blues this summer. The Norwegian has stormed Europe with his fine displays in front of the goal and therefore has seen strong interest from top clubs in Europe.

Ekrem Konur, a Turkish journalist and football commentator, added more fuel to the Haaland transfer saga. His report claimed that Manchester City are planning to bid for the striker for a fee of around 110 million pounds.

 

Now it will be slightly unrealistic to even think that both strikers could sign for City this summer. I have a reason to believe that the Sky Blues won’t spend 210 million pounds on two strikers especially when they previously said that they do not need a new forward.

Back in April, Pep Guardiola was clear with his reply when asked about signing a new striker in the summer.

His words were:

Listen, with these prices we are not going to sign any striker – we cannot afford it, it’s impossible. That’s not going to happen, no. All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who played incredible in this position this season.

Now at this moment, it will be shocking to see the club sign two “expensive” stars. There are chances that City might back out from spending such a huge sum in this current situation.Finances look weak for most football clubs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, it will not be surprising for the English Champions to simply refrain from spending big in this ongoing summer market.

BERLIN, GERMANY – MAY 13: Erling Haaland of Dortmund celebrates scoring the 2:0 goal during the DFB Cup final match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund at Olympic Stadium on May 13, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mika Volkmann/Getty Images)

 

Who will wear the Manchester City shirt this summer-Haaland or Kane?

The hunt is still on for the  Sky Blues to snap up either Kane or Haaland. As a matter of fact, we know that the club is tempted to bring in Aguero’s successor.

With Erling Haaland, the club will get a young talented forward who has already notched up exceptional goalscoring records in such a short period of time.

The Leeds born attacker has had some experience playing in the Champions League and has managed to put up handsome figures in the goalscoring department. At the same time, I do feel that the youngster needs more experience in the big competition and therefore may not be ready to take it to the next level.

Now if I consider the case of Harry Kane, it is pertinent to note that the English international is an experienced campaigner. The Spurs attacker has had the chance to represent his national side in one World Cup, two Euros(2016 and 2020) and is currently the ‘no.1’ choice for both club and country.

The 27-year-old forward is in dire need of silverware. His efforts to win a trophy at North London has tanked, to say the least. So what next for the Tottenham talisman?

A move to a bigger club is certainly a priority for the striker. At Etihad, Kane would fit in and help the club to win their biggest objective. Personally, I believe that the Englishman could well unlock his true potential in the Sky Blue jersey.

 

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