Former Arsenal and England ahead Paul Merson has urged Manchester City to stump up the money to signal Harry Kane and cease messing about.
City have been linked with the England skipper all summer time after he declared his choice to depart Tottenham. Unsurprisingly, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has slapped an enormous price ticket on the striker. It is believed the north Londoners need £160, with City unwilling to match that worth.
They are mentioned to have provided £120m however even that isn’t sufficient. The state of affairs has left Kane in limbo and he has but to characteristic for the membership this time period.
Spurs managed to beat City of their season opener. Many pundits have identified that, regardless of the Citizens’ riches, they’re nonetheless in need of a real striker.
And, after witnessing the 1-0 loss to Nuno Espirito Santo’s males, Merson agrees.
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“It hurts Manchester City because they obviously need him too,” he wrote in The Daily Star. “They don’t have a single world class centre forward and the league is more competitive than ever.”
Talk on Friday turned to City’s alternatives ought to they not handle to land Kane. Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has been talked about in reference to Pep Guardiola’s aspect, per Gazzetta dello Sport.
Ironically, the 21-year-old Serbia striker was additionally linked with Spurs. But Kane is the person that the Spanish tactician desires.
Kane status at stake
City have to signal a striker to switch the departed Sergio Aguero. There are different forwards available on the market however Kane’s goalscoring document is true up there with the most effective.
He can be a mannequin soccer, one thing Merson feels has been tarnished by recent events.
“It’s hurting Harry Kane too because his reputation is being dragged through the mud,” he added. “People all the time pointed to him as this good function mannequin.
“The family man who never parties or steps out of line. But then he doesn’t show up for training and the fans are on his back.”
The Premier League champions entertain Norwich City on Saturday afternoon. They are robust favourites to register the primary factors of the brand new marketing campaign.
But Merson believes victory will solely masks the actual issues on the Etihad.
“City can get away with it this weekend because they’re only playing Norwich,” he continued. “But they won’t get away with it forever. They’ve got to stop messing about and pay the price.”
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