Social media pulls out previous Guardiola quotes about not affording striker

Manchester City could potentially end the transfer window having completed the signings of two of England’s star players.

It was confirmed last week that the Citizens had lodged a bid of £100 million to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Sky Sports reported that Villa were set to accept the offer for their club captain, although Grealish returned to pre-season training yesterday and there have been no further major updates as of yet.

Meanwhile, City also made a £100m bid for England captain Harry Kane during Euro 2020.

The Athletic report that Spurs’ position is that they “will not sell to another Premier League club under any circumstances”.

They also add that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would “consider” a bid of £150m from a foreign club, or “otherwise, Kane stays”. City are reportedly willing to up their offer to £130m.

However, with Barcelona and Real Madrid suffering from major financial issues, it is conceivable to think that if Kane leaves Spurs, it will be to join another English club.

The latest developments in the Grealish and Kane transfer sagas have brought social media back to comments that City boss Pep Guardiola made at the end of last season.

Guardiola hinted that the club could not afford to sign a new striker this summer.

He said in April: “There are a lot of big chances that maybe we are not going to sign a striker for next season.

“We have enough players in the first team – and interesting players – with the world economics that we will not sign a striker for next season.

“With these prices it’s impossible – we cannot afford it. That’s not going to happen. All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception.”

Guardiola made the comments just days after Sergio Aguero announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

He subsequently signed for Barcelona in May, with the contract beginning upon the expiry of his City deal in June.

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