‘We are not going to buy any strikers’ – Pep Guardiola rules out Harry Kane signing as Man City ‘cannot afford’


Pep Guardiola has all-but ruled out a move for Harry Kane due as he has revealed Manchester City are finding it ‘impossible’ to sign a striker this summer because the Premier League champions ‘cannot afford it’.

Manchester City, who are in search of a new striker, are rumoured to be one of the frontrunners for Kane’s signature, and the Premier League champions are thought to be have made a £100m offer for the England captain.

But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to part ways with Kane this summer and has slapped a staggering £150m price tag on the marksman’s head to fend off potential suitors.

City have already had a £100m bid for the striker rebuffed, but were reportedly expected to return with another bid after the European Championship.

Guardiola has cast doubt on City signing a striker after claiming that the prices being quoted have made a deal “impossible”.

“At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said on Catalan network TV3.

“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.”

Guardiola and the City hierarchy have been targeting a new striker following the departure of the club’s all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer earlier this summer. They have also been credited with a significant interest in Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.

As one of the most highly-rated talents in world football, however, Haaland would require a significant transfer fee to prise from Dortmund in this summer window, particularly with Jadon Sancho departing for Manchester United.

City have also been linked with a move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish this summer, but if what Guardiola is saying is true, there is little hope of landing him, either, with a reported price tag of more than £100million, according to the Mirror.

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