Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he is interested in signing Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. However, the Catalan tactician says Lionel Messi is not on his radar.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Harry Kane is a target for Manchester City, but he says Lionel Messi is not in his thoughts.
In his career, Harry Kane has yet to win a major prize.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has acknowledged the club’s interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane, but claims Lionel Messi is “not on our radar.”
City want Kane, 28, to join England teammate Jack Grealish, who signed from Aston Villa for a British record £100 million on Thursday.
They are said to be unwilling to match Spurs’ £160 million value.
“We’re intrigued in him, but if Spurs refuse to talk, there’s nothing more we can do,” Guardiola added.
“All we can do is try if they want to.”
“He’s a Tottenham player, and if they don’t want to bargain, it’s over.” Manchester City, as well as all other teams in the globe, are interested in signing him if they are willing to negotiate.
“However, Tottenham is the deciding factor. That was different since Jack had a release clause.”
Kane, who has 221 goals for Spurs and three Premier League Golden Boots, did not show up for training this week as he attempts to arrange a transfer away from the club.
City has been connected to Lionel Messi, whom Guardiola worked with at Barcelona and has previously referred to as the best player of all time.
Barcelona stated on Thursday that the 34-year-old, the club’s all-time leading scorer, is departing because the club can no longer afford to retain him due to financial fair play regulations in La Liga.
Aston Villa midfielder Grealish, 25, has joined City for £100 million and will wear the number 10 shirt, which Messi wears at Barcelona.
“Everyone, including myself, was taken aback,” Guardiola remarked.
“Unfortunately, when you lose 487 million euros in a year, you have to make a choice.” I’d want for him to have ended there as a fan, but it’s not feasible.
“I am indebted to the most amazing player I have ever seen, for the championships, and for what he did for me to enable me to go to Munich and England.”
“Thank you very much for taking Barca to another level, for dominating the globe with his teammates for a decade, and I wish him all the best in his last years.”
“We invested a lot of money on Jack Grealish, who will wear number 10 because we believe in him and believed Leo would remain. Leo is no longer on our minds.”
Bernardo Silva is one of many players who want to leave City this summer, according to Guardiola.
Since joining City from Monaco in 2017, the 26-year-old Portugal midfielder has scored 35 goals in 201 appearances.
“He’s our player, not only Bernardo,” Guardiola added. “There are two or three, four guys that want to go.”
“They’re our players, and they’re under contract, so if they make an offer, we’ll talk about it. However, it is dependent on them. Otherwise, they will remain in this location.”
‘With us, Grealish can take it to the next level.’
Guardiola also mentioned Grealish, the Premier League’s first £100 million acquisition, who may make his Wembley debut against Leicester City on Saturday.
Grealish scored 32 goals in 213 appearances for Villa, the club he joined as a six-year-old.
“With his talent, he can play up front, mostly on the left side, but also as a winger, offensive midfielder, striker – various places,” Guardiola added.
“There’s no question he’ll contribute to the way we play; he aspires to be a great international player, even better than he is now.”
“He comes in with a lot of good energy and is eager to join the team. He is at the prime of his profession. At Villa, he made a significant impact. He performed extremely well there and can take us to the next level with us.
“When we could spend this, which is a lot, it’s because we sold young players for £60 million in the past 13 or 14 months and can afford £100 million, otherwise it’s not feasible.”
“That is why we spent the difference on him. We think we have a great potential, talents, and attitude in him, since he is 25 years old and can play here for the next six to seven years.”
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