Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Manchester City have to add Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to their attacking ranks to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title this season.
Kane, who will not participate in Spurs’ clash with Pacos de Ferreira in their UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier this evening (Thursday), continues to be heavily linked with a move to City ahead of the summer transfer window closing in less than a fortnight’s time.
Adding a new striker to the squad remains a priority for City, who suffered an opening day Premier League defeat at the hands of Spurs on Sunday, as they look to source a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
However, with Spurs digging in their heels over Kane — unwilling to accept anything less than £150million — time is running out for City to land their dream target, meaning Merson’s fears for City this term could become a reality.
The Sky Sports pundit believes Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who have added Romelu Lukaku to their attacking ranks this summer, are the team to beat this season and City need to sign Kane to be able to stand up to that challenge.
Merson told Sky Sports : “Chelsea are paying £90million for a player they let go in Romelu Lukaku. They don’t care.
“They don’t think: ‘Everyone is going to go mad that we’re signing a player for three times what we sold him for’. They just go and sign him.
“At the time he wasn’t ready for Chelsea – he’s ready now, he’s a better player all round. I think he’s a great signing, and a game-changer for Chelsea. Man City have to buy Harry Kane.
“Chelsea reminded me of Man City against Crystal Palace. They just completely and utterly dominated Palace, at the highest level, like we see with Man City a lot of the time at home.
“Teams turn up and they know they’re beaten, and I think we’re going to get that at Chelsea now. It was mind-blowing.
“Every game counts this season, and I mean that. Man City are behind already. People will say: ‘Oh it’s only one game’ but I can’t see the top-four dropping too many points this season.
“I think we’re seeing a gulf between the top four and the rest now.”