PEP GUARDIOLA told Manchester City they must splash the cash on a striker this summer.
Man City want to sign a striker this summer, with Harry Kane topping their listCredit: PA
Pep Guardiola is adamant he needs a world-class forward for next seasonCredit: Reuters
But the Spaniard, who has hinted to stay beyond 2023 when his contract is due to run out, said any forward planning must include a top goalscorer.
He said: “I think the club needs a striker. Definitely.”
City broke the British transfer record to sign £100m Jack Grealish from Aston Villa last summer.
The Prem champs then refused to pay more than £125m for 28-year-old Kane and have played this season without replacing 260-goal club-record scorer Sergio Aguero.
Chairman Daniel Levy and Spurs will be bracing themselves for another raid for Kane, who has 18 goals so far this term.
Haaland – who has a £62million release clause in his Dortmund contract – is also in the frame but his representatives had talks with Barcelona president Joan Laporte last week over the Spanish club’s interest.
And agent Mino Raiola is also understood to be demanding the 21-year-old Norwegian sensation receives a staggering £650,000-A-WEEK at a new club.
Uncertainty continues at Spurs over whether Antonio Conte will remain in charge and that will increase the speculation over Kane’s future.
Guardiola has been applauded for making his side title leaders without a recognised striker — but has made it clear he cannot go another season without one.
Instead of accepting the plaudits, he said: “I’m sorry, maybe I’m wrong but I don’t agree. You say we play fantastically well without a striker because we are winning.
“When we are not winning, you say we need a striker, that I’m naive. In the Premier League you have to play with a striker. We try but sometimes it’s not possible.
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“So, we need a striker, I think the club is going to try. It hasn’t happened and we adapt to the players and never complain.
“If you don’t have one you have to play in a completely different way to United, Southampton, Liverpool, because they play another philosophy.
“In England, we are little bit like an exception for that. We have to play in this way, otherwise they are better.”