Manchester City eye marquee striker in summer spending spree
14 May, 2021

Having won the English Premier League and League Cup at a canter, Manchester City have their eyes on European success. The UEFA Champions League Final awaits, as they take on Chelsea in Porto. However, regardless of what happens in Portugal, City will be out to spend big this summer with Pep Guardiola expected to start a rebuild at City. Veterans such as Sergio Aguero are confirmed to be leaving, while others such as Fernandinho might also move on. Reports, though, suggest that the priority for the Manchester giants is to bring in a marquee forward.

Names have been numerous in terms of the profile being linked. The two most serious links are believed to be with Erling Haaland and with Harry Kane. The former was born in England and his father played for City. He is the brightest attacking talent in the world, and further showcased his quality with a brace in the DFB-Pokal Final, as current club Borussia Dortmund thrashed RB Leipzig 4-1.

Kane is at a crucial age, and must make a decision on whether staying at Spurs is worth likely missing out on a trophy haul. City could offer him years of regular action, the chance to always play in Europe, and the opportunity to win major trophies consistently. However, the player is believed to be struggling to make the final call to leave Spurs behind and move on from the club he has played for his entire career.

Who else might Manchester City want to buy?

Another name that has recently been added to the list of potential players is Andre Silva. City have a strong Portuguese contingent as it is, and the former Porto hitman would offer something they require. He offers a profile in front of goal, excellent movement in and around the box, and a pure finishers instinct. Having absolutely exploded to life this year with Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring over 20 goals to break the single-season record for a Portuguese player in Germany, Silva looks like he is making up for lost time.

Once rated as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne, various moves across Europe with the likes of AC Milan and Sevilla have seen his career stall. However, the move to Frankfurt has liberated the striker of previous failings, and his form this year has seen him become one of the most in-demand forwards in the world. Heading into the Euros, he is rated as one of the top options to emerge as top scorer in the tournament.

City, then, might face some challenge to complete the deal for a player who is rated in the €40m mark in terms of price. If City wish to sign a key striker this year, though, it is likely to come from this trio of forwards. In terms of price, it is believed that Silva would be the most affordable and gettable, with both Dortmund and Spurs in no mood to think about selling their key players.


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