Manchester City are expected to make their presence felt in the ongoing summer transfer window now that Euro 2020 is done and dusted.
The Sky Blues have been heavily linked with moves for Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish.
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Following Sergio Aguero’s move to Barcelona in June, Gabriel Jesus is the only recognised centre-forward at the Manchester City boss’ disposal, although Liam Delap is expected to be a part of the first-team squad next season after a superb season with the under-23s.
However, with Jesus heavily linked with a move to Juventus and could be sold this summer after failing to live up to his potential, signing a striker has become an absolute must for the English champions.
As for Harry Kane, he is wanted by Guardiola to fill the huge void left behind by Aguero. But a £150 million price tag slapped by chairman Daniel Levy means that Kane is likely to stay at Tottenham for the next season.
Thus, City are in the market exploring alternatives for the Tottenham striker. As per recent reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes, Atletico Madrid starlet Joao Felix has emerged as a potential alternative to Kane, along with Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann. The Sky Blues have approached Griezmann but it appears the French international favours a return to Atletico Madrid.
At the same time, though, Griezmann’s potential move could pave the way for Joao Felix to leave the LaLiga champions after two underwhelming campaigns.
Atletico forked out a mammoth €130 million to sign Felix, 21, but having failed to live up to his price tag, Los Colchoneros would be happy to cash in on the Portuguese international, especially if they can bring back Griezmann, Fichajes report. They would demand around €80 million for their forward, who had lost his place in Diego Simeone’s starting XI last season.
Felix isn’t an out-and-out goalscorer, but his technical abilities, speed, and spatial awareness would make him a perfect fit in Guardiola’s system at the Etihad Stadium. A move to Manchester City could also help the young Portuguese forward revive his career that has stuttered over the last two seasons in Spain.