Man City want to stick with what they have after missing Harry Kane, with a chance for Cristiano Ronaldo unlikely… He was NEVER part of Pep Guardiola’s transfer strategy, despite Jorge Mendes’ best efforts
- Manchester City refused to comply with Tottenham’s £150m valuation of Harry Kane
- The Premier League champions expect to hold on to what they have
- Those who work on behalf of Cristiano Ronaldo have offered him to Manchester City
- Ronaldo was never part of Pep Guardiola’s strategy, with Kane as a priority
- Although a move seems unlikely at this late stage, nothing has been ruled out for the time being
Manchester City were told on Wednesday morning that the search for Harry Kane was over and now expect to maintain the same attacking options for the rest of the season.
Those working on behalf of Cristiano Ronaldo have offered the Portugal captain to City as he wants to leave Juventus and continue to try to make a deal.
Ronaldo was never part of the strategy for Pep Guardiola – all eyes have been on Kane since Erling Haaland became unreachable – and it remains unlikely that the Manchester United icon will end up on the other side of town before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Manchester City expected to stick with what they have after missing Harry Kane
Premier League champions refused to live up to Tottenham’s £150m valuation of Kane
Jorge Mendes, who is simultaneously looking for new employers for Bernardo Silva, would have to pull a financial rabbit out of the hat to consider the move viable. Ronaldo currently earns more than £500,000 a week in Turin.
While the situation is hectic at this late stage, Mendes has a strong relationship with City and if anyone can make a move involving multiple clubs at short notice, he can.
City itself maintain that Guardiola’s selection was strengthened last year.
Jack Grealish arrived for a record British fee following the departure of Sergio Aguero, who was reduced to seven Premier League starts in his final season due to injuries.
Those working on Cristiano Ronaldo’s behalf have offered him to City, but a move is unlikely
Guardiola opted for a false nine for most of the run-in as they dragged up the title and reached the Champions League final.
Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres and the wonderful youngster Liam Delap are recognized strikers, while Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling can all operate through the middle.
However, last season’s 83 league goals were the club’s lowest return since Guardiola’s first season in charge.
Signing a striker was a priority for the summer, even as the manager urged caution on price tags in April.
Guardiola’s concerns turned out to be true – Kane made it clear that he intended to join but City’s board faced denials from their Tottenham counterparts.