Do Man City need to sign a striker this summer?
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Jack Grealish just as much as he is keen on taking Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer, according to reports.
Grealish’s reputation as one of the Premier League’s best creative midfielders has risen in the last 18 months.
The 25-year-old scored six goals and assisted a further 12 for Aston Villa last season and would likely have managed more had he not suffered a knee injury in February which kept him out for the best part of three months.
Two excellent performances for England in their Euro 2020 warm-up friendlies against Austria and then Romania will have impressed the clubs for whom he is a transfer target.
Grealish won man of the match, having earned the penalty which Marcus Rashford converted in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Romania.
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He is now a contender to start in the Three Lions’ first Euro 2020 match against Croatia having proved his fitness.
His England team-mate Kane is also a target of Man City having made public his plans to leave Tottenham this summer.
A desire to win silverware has led the 27-year-old to wanting to end his 15-year association with the north Londoners, who have not won a major title since 2008.
Sergio Aguero’s departure from the Premier League champions means that Guardiola may wish to sign a new striker once the transfer window reopens on Wednesday. Aguero is the club’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals in 10 years.
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However, ESPN claim that Guardiola’s desire to add Grealish to his midfield options is just as strong as his wish to replace Aguero with Kane.
The City boss wants Grealish despite his vast wealth of midfield options.
Guardiola recently suggested that signing a striker might be too difficult for City this summer due to the rising prices and the financial difficulties thrust upon football clubs by the pandemic restrictions.
“There is a lot of big chances that maybe we are not going to sign a striker for next season,” the Spaniard said in April after it was revealed that Aguero would be leaving at the end of the season.
The Argentine forward has since joined Barcelona alongside former City team-mate Eric Garcia.
Guardiola continued: “Listen, with these prices we are not going to sign any striker.
We cannot afford it, it’s impossible. That’s not going to happen, no.
“All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception.
“We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who played incredible in this position this season.
“We have enough players in the first team right now and we have interesting players in the academy. And we have played, many, many, times with a false nine.
“There is a big chance, with the situation in the world, the economic problems in world football, we are not going to sign any striker for next season.”
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