Manchester City set sights on rising star as Harry Kane alternative

Manchester City wanted to sign Tottenham skipper, Harry Kane, this summer and it is no secret. The defending Premier League champions wanted Kane as the replacement for then-Barcelona bound club legend and record-goal scorer, Sergio Aguero.

City negotiated with Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer and even had two massive bids shot down by Daniel Levy.

The Sky Blues’ pursuit of Kane came to a tame end when the English striker himself announced on Twitter that he would be staying at the North London club for the ongoing season.
It was a humiliating blow for the Cityzens and the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League finalists consequently ended the summer window with a solitary signing in Jack Grealish.

City still does require a striker, though the need for a proper number nine is being masked by the impressive displays of Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres for the time being. Having said that, Manchester City have got their eyes set on Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal. 

The Spaniard has racked up some impressive numbers playing for the Spanish side and has caught the attention of Pep Guardiola and City director of football, Txiki Begiristain. The latter is said to be in awe of the 24-year-old’s development and wants to bring him to the Etihad stadium.

It is unclear at the moment when it comes to the fee that Real Sociedad are looking to recover from the sale of Oyarzabal, though it is unlikely that it would be beyond the financial might of the Cityzens.

Manchester City also continue to be linked to Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, whose release clause worth €75 million becomes active next summer. The Norwegian striker is currently one of the leading strikers in European football and one of the better prospects of the game. Having said that, there is absolutely no doubt that Haaland would fit right into Pep Guardiola’s system which suits his attacking style of play.

Do you think Manchester City will be able to land Erling Haaland despite of the massive competition that they would be facing for him; or would the Cityzens go for an unorthodox option in Mikel Oyarzabal?