Guardiola says Man City won’t be able to afford a quality striker this summer

Manchester City were linked to Harry Kane and Erling Haaland in the quest for Aguero successor. But, Pep Guardiola admits that City may not be able to secure a quality striker this summer.

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Manchester City have been linked with a move for the Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the summer.

The Premier League champions submitted a £100 million bid for the 27-year-old England international, but the London club has rejected it.

City have been credited with an interest in the Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as well. Both strikers are likely to cost a lot of money this summer.

They are looking to replace club legend Sergio Aguero who joined Barcelona on a free transfer earlier this summer.

However, it appears that they might not be able to afford a top-class replacement because of their financial crisis due to the pandemic.

Manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that City are finding it impossible to sign players at the prices quoted.

The Manchester City manager also explained that the club might use the young players from their academy or play with a false nine system next season.

He said: “At the prices (quoted), we are not going to buy any strikers. 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.”

Aguero was an exceptional player for Manchester City over the years, and the Premier League giants must look to replace him adequately this summer.

Going into the next season without a recognized goal scorer could prove to be a big mistake from Guardiola and Manchester City as they look to defend their domestic crown.