Lionel Messi just isn’t in Manchester City’s sights now that the Argentine striker is leaving Barcelona, however the Premier League champions could be concerned about Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned on Friday.
“Right now it’s not in our thoughts,” the previous Barcelona participant and supervisor instructed reporters when requested about any doable curiosity in Messi.
Guardiola was talking a day after City accomplished the signing of midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a Premier League report 100 million kilos ($139 million).
Messi’s shock departure from Barcelona, for monetary causes, was additionally introduced on Thursday.
Guardiola mentioned he would have liked, as a fan, for Messi to see out his profession at Barcelona however the membership wanted to be sustainable.
He hailed Messi as “the most extraordinary player I have seen in my life”.
The supervisor mentioned the Grealish deal got here off as a result of City had made nearly 60 million from the sale and mortgage of younger gamers and will activate a launch clause in his contract.
“When you sell for 60 million, you can afford 100 million. Otherwise it could not have been possible,” mentioned the Spaniard.
He confirmed City’s curiosity in signing England captain Kane however mentioned nothing may occur with out Tottenham’s settlement.
“He plays for Tottenham Hotspur and if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it’s finished,” mentioned the supervisor.
“If they’re open to barter, in fact many golf equipment on the earth would wish to attempt to signal him. We usually are not an exception.
“Harry Kane is an exceptional and extraordinary striker, no doubt about that, of course we are very interested in him but he’s a Tottenham player and if they don’t want to negotiate – nothing more to say. If they want it, we will try.”
Kane, who has a contract with the north London membership till 2024, is reportedly eager to go away after one other trophy-less marketing campaign.
New Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo has mentioned Kane is essential to the membership’s plans for this season.
Guardiola mentioned a number of gamers, together with Portuguese winger Bernardo Silva, needed to go away City however had been below contract.
“We are open to debate completely all the pieces nevertheless it relies on them. Otherwise, they are going to proceed coaching rather well and they’re going to keep right here, and I’ll determine in the event that they play or do not play.
“The players who want to leave know the door is open because we don’t want anyone here unsatisfied but they have to bring someone (an offer). Otherwise, they will stay here.”
City play FA Cup winners Leicester City within the pre-season Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday.