Manchester City made an offer worth £100m for Harry Kane this summer but Tottenham were unwilling to sell striker; Pep Guardiola’s side did not sign a new No 9, although they did add Jack Grealish in a club-record deal; City take on Chelsea, who signed Romelu Lukaku in August, on Saturday
By PA Media.
Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City’s failure to land Harry Kane this summer has left them lacking the same goal threat as their rivals for the Premier League title.
City came up short in their bid to replace Sergio Aguero as Tottenham stood firm despite Kane’s desire to leave, while Saturday’s opponents Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku to strengthen their title credentials and Manchester United brought back Cristiano Ronaldo.
City managed to win the league relatively comfortably last term despite Aguero missing the majority of the campaign through injury, but even though they broke the bank themselves to sign Jack Grealish for £100m, Guardiola knows a true No 9 would have added a different dimension.
“A striker is a striker – they live a little outside the bubble,” he said. “Along with the goalkeepers they are the most specialised players.