Pep Guardiola rules out Harry Kane signing as Man City ‘cannot afford’ Tottenham transfer

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appears to have ruled out signing Harry Kane this summer. The England captain has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad, but his extortionate price tag is putting City off.

Kane has made no secret of his desire to leave Tottenham in search of silverware, after the north London club again ended last season trophyless.

And City have been the favourites to sign the 27-year-old throughout the summer.

But Guardiola has revealed that the prices quoted for the leading strikers in Europe are too much for City to entertain.

“At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers,” Guardiola told Catalan network TV3.

“It is impossible, we cannot afford it”

Kane’s transfer fee could exceed £150million but City have never spent more than £70m on a single player, albeit having topped £50m on 10 separate occasions.

And Guardiola says that the club are willing to rely on their existing strikers rather than stumping up a club record fee.

“All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception,” he said. We have Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres) who have been incredible in this position.

“We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”

The news will come as a blow to Kane, who told Gary Neville earlier this summer that he is desperate to play at the top tier of European football.

“I want to play the Champions League… I want to be playing in the biggest games,” Kane said.

“I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.

“It’s a moment in my career where I have to reflect and see where I’m at. Ultimately it’s going to be down to me, how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career.”

But Spurs have remained committed to keeping Kane throughout the summer so far, despite the player’s enthusiasm for a move.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is believed to only be open to cash offers in excess of £150, and has promised supporters that he would only do what is right for the club.

“I have said it many times and I will say it again – everything we do is in the long-term interests of the club,” Levy said in a statement in the final weeks of last season. “I have always been and will continue to be ambitious for our club and its fans.

“As a club we have been so focused on delivering the stadium and dealing with the impact of the pandemic, that I feel we lost sight of some key priorities and what’s truly in our DNA.”

Guardiola may have ruled out a striker, but said nothing about spending big on an attacking midfielder.

And the Etihad club have also been highly linked with England playmaker Jack Grealish this summer.

“What I can say is that Manchester City have a real strong interest in Jack Grealish, so they want Jack Grealish,” transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said recently on the Que Golazo podcast.

“But from what I hear around Man City it would be very difficult to sign this summer both Grealish and Harry Kane.

“They need to make a decision again after the Euros after Tottenham refused their first bid of £100m, or if they want to try for Jack Grealish with an official bid.

“They have a strong, strong interest in Grealish, but at this point it’s not agreed or advanced, but City want Grealish and they are preparing something. They will decide between Grealish and Kane and they are two serious targets.”

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