Are you sure, Pep? Guardiola bizarrely claims it’s ‘impossible’ for Manchester City to sign a new striker because they ‘can’t afford it’… despite having the multi-billion pound backing of Abu Dhabi to chase £154m Erling Haaland
- Manchester City travel to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday evening
- Pep Guardiola was quizzed on City’s search for a striker in the summer window
- Erling Haaland has been mooted as a possible replacement for Sergio Aguero
- Haaland’s father will ‘land in England today for talks with City, United and Co’
- But Guardiola has all-but ruled out a move, claiming City cannot afford it
Pep Guardiola has all-but ruled out Manchester City signing a new striker this summer to replace club legend Sergio Aguero because the club ‘cannot afford’ forking out substantial fees.
Aguero will be departing the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season as the club’s all-time top scorer with an incredible 257 goals in 384 matches, and talk has already turned to who will replace him.
Erling Haaland has been heavily linked with a move to City, along with rivals United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona in a £154million transfer.
Erling Haaland has been heavily linked with several clubs, including Manchester City
Sergio Aguero will leave the Etihad this summer as the club’s all-time top goalscorer
But Guardiola has effectively ruled out City making a move for the Norwegian superstar from Borussia Dortmund, claiming the club ‘cannot afford him’ despite their embarrassment of riches thanks to their multi-billion pound backing from Abu Dhabi.
Ahead of City’s Premier League clash at Leicester on Saturday, Guardiola bizarrely said: ‘With these prices, we are not going to buy any striker, it is impossible, we cannot afford it.
‘All the clubs struggle financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel, many young players in the academy, many can play as a false nine. Maybe we won’t buy any striker for the next season.’
More to follow…
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side travel to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday
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