Manchester City’s interest in signing the English duo of Jack Grealish and Harry Kane is well documented. While the Premier League champions are said to be extremely close to reaching an agreement with Aston Villa over the sale of the 25-year-old, the same cannot be said about their Harry Kane pursuit.
With Kane being valued at £150 million by the Lillywhites, the price tag has become a stumbling block for the Cityzens. Moreover, if the Premier League champions want to have any chance of signing the 27-year-old this summer, they need to match Tottenham’s asking price before convincing Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to part ways with his most prized asset.
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City cannot afford to spend £250 million in cash all at once for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. With the Premier League champions said to be close to completing the signing of Grealish who is said to be valued at £100 million, the Cityzens need to raise funds to sign Kane by making player sales.
Simon Mullock of Mirror has reported that Raheem Sterling is said to be one of the players that the Cityzens are ‘open to selling’ despite the player being open to signing a new long-term target with the club. Even though Sterling struggled for minutes last season, the winger is said to be in favor of penning down a new contract with the club.
City have valued the former Liverpool man at £80 million and will part ways with the 26-year-old if the right offer arrives.
It is understood that Sterling has been left upset by Manchester City’s planning for the future which does not involve him. The player feels that the club is ‘protecting his value’ rather than keeping him as a vital part of their future plans.
While Phil Foden appears to have displaced Sterling from the XI at the Etihad Stadium, Sterling’s fight for a place in the XI is only bound to get tougher with the rumored arrival of Jack Grealish this summer.
In other developments, City are also said to be open to the idea of selling Riyad Mahrez this summer.
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