Manchester City only have to sell one player to afford both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish with Bernardo Silva the likely casualty of Pep Guardiola’s plans, according to The Sun.
Guardiola is eager for the Citizens to bolster his ranks at the Etihad Stadium with the best players possible. Manchester City turned their season around to storm to the Premier League title last term, but fell short of Champions League success in the final to Chelsea.
Sergio Aguero’s exit has also weakened Guardiola’s attacking options after Manchester City elected against renewing the Argentine’s contract. Now, the Barcelona signing could be replaced by Kane, with a £160m deal waiting for Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy’s green light.
But Manchester City know they face paying in excess of £225m to sign both Grealish and Kane this summer. Yet there’s no need for a fire-sale to raise the funds, with Guardiola only having to sacrifice one hight-ticket player.
Juventus could solve the Citizens’ predicament by signing Gabriel Jesus, but Etihad chiefs have told the Brazilian he is staying. Instead, Guardiola is likely to chop Silva from his plans to add to Manchester City’s war chest.
The Citizens already had £45m saved from Leroy Sane’s move to Bayern Munich, and have already added to it. Leeds paid £11m for Jack Harrison, while Borussia Dortmund owe £11m as part of Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United.
Yangel Herrera, Patrick Roberts, Pedro Porro and £12m man Ivan Ilic are also expected to leave the Sky Blues’ fringes. While Silva is the most likely big name, following reports by The Times claiming he is unsettled at the club.
Manchester City to sacrifice a ‘phenomenon’ in Silva to sign Kane and Grealish
Silva being the most likely big name to leave to sign Kane and Grealish should not surprise Manchester City’s supporters. If the Portuguese does not feel his future is at the Etihad, it makes the most sense to part ways so Guardiola can sign the players he desires the most.
Reports by The Athletic last month also claimed Manchester City offered Silva to Tottenham for Kane. While the Daily Mail note the Citizens value the former Monaco midfielder, they paid £43m to sign, at £51.5m. Although they added Guardiola had wanted him to stay.
But, now, Guardiola is ready to sacrifice Silva for Manchester City to sign Kane and Grealish. And, in doing so, give up a £150,000-per-week player hailed by Citizens star Ruben Dias.
Silva told the Premier League’s YouTube channel: “Bernardo is a phenomenon. “With the dribbling, I’m going with Bernardo on the dribbling.”