Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has appeared to rule the Premier League champions out of the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer, insisting they will not be spending big money to land a new goal-getter.
Following the recent departure of club legend Sergio Aguero at the end of his contract, City have been heavily linked with bringing in a new striker ahead of the forthcoming campaign, most notably Kane.
The Spurs striker, who will be looking to help fire England to the final of the European Championship at Wembley this evening when the Three Lions face Denmark, recently admitted that he was going to need to have a conversation with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy about his future, as his frustrations about the club’s lack of silverware are mounting.
With that in mind, City have been constantly linked with a move for the England captain, with the club being tipped to launch a £100million-plus bid to try and entice him to the Etihad Stadium.
However, City chief Guardiola has all but ruled City out of the running, confirming that the Etihad Stadium outfit are not in a financial position to bring in a new striker, certainly one currently performing at the very highest level.
“At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers,” Guardiola told Catalan network TV3, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “It is impossible, we cannot afford it.
“All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres), who have been incredible in this position.
“We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”
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With that said, that looks like being one less contender in the running to sign Kane this summer, not that many in the first place would be in a strong enough financial position to land last season’s Premier League golden boot winner.
Chelsea have also been credited with interest in the striker, but the prospect of Levy selling Kane to a London rival seems unlikely.
Thus, with City seemingly out of the running, Tottenham may now be sitting a little more comfortable, believing that new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo may get the chance to work with Spurs’ star man once Euro 2020 reaches its conclusion.