Manchester City supporters have been voting for who they do and do not want to see complete summer transfer moves to the Etihad Stadium ahead of the closure of the window.
After a slow start to the summer on the transfer front, City, who face Leicester City in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday, smashed the British transfer record to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish in a whopping £100million deal.
The England international has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium and will add yet another dimension to City’s star-studded list of attacking options.
Although they have splashed out £100million on the former Notts County loanee, drafting in a new striker remains a top priority for City manager Pep Guardiola. Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane currently sits at the very top of the club’s wish list, but financing a move for him after the addition of Grealish could prove to be problematic, with Spurs going to demand well over £100million for the 28-year-old.
However, Kane may now not be the only attacking star that City have their eye on following the confirmation on Thursday evening that Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona. Messi has often been linked with City in the past due to his connections with Guardiola, so all eyes will be on him to see if the Etihad Stadium outfit could lure him to the Premier League.
In the last few weeks, the Manchester Evening News has been asking readers to participate in a survey, asking them who they believe is a ‘must buy’ for City before the end of the window. In total, more than 10,000 supporters took part.
We asked readers to rate the players that City have been linked with on a scale of 1-10 on how much of a priority they should be and it was Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland that attracted the most interest, with 41 per cent of supporters rating him as nine or ten as a priority.
Haaland is considered, by most, as the most exciting young player in the world and is tipped by almost everyone to reach the very top in what is already building up to be a very exciting career.
Considering that he did not come top of the pile, it was no surprise that Kane ranked in second place, with 32 per cent of the votes ranking him as a priority.
Behind Kane in joint-second was Grealish, who has, of course, now completed a move to City. City fans also felt he was a priority with 32 per cent ranking him as exactly that.
Amazingly, Messi was considered as a low priority for City, drawing in 45 per cent of votes from fans ranking him between one and two on our survey. However, that may have now considerably changed now that he has left Barcelona.
City fans also believe there is little point in chasing a deal for fellow Barcelona attacker Antoine Griezmann either. Forty-one per cent ranked him as a low priority between one and two.
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