Manchester City hope they will receive positive feedback on their plans to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane this week, per The Sun.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions have marked Grealish and Kane as their top two targets for the summer transfer window. However, the Citizens are yet to agree deals for either, but remain optimistic moves can be finalised before August 31.
Manchester City also hope they will receive some good news on signing Kane and Grealish by this weekend. Any positive update would surely delight Guardiola, and help ease the Spanish manager’s pre-season misery.
Guardiola is yet to strengthen his title-winning side or find replacements for Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia at all. He also only had four first-team players, including third-choice goalie Scott Carson, available for the start of their pre-season training.
Manchester City gave their players additional time off compared to other Premier League sides after reaching the Champions League final. Most have also spent further time away from the Etihad Campus after featuring at Euro 2020 and the Copa America.
The Sky Blues are also waiting for suitable offers on Bernardo Silva, whose head has been turned by continental interest. Manchester City believe they can afford to sign both Kane and Grealish by selling the Portuguese, per The Sun, along with the lower-brow deadwood.
Coronavirus has also left the Citizens’ pre-season plans in a spin, with Tuesday’s clash with Preston their only traditional friendly. Manchester City planned to also play sister club Troyes on Saturday, but travel restrictions made facing the French side impossible.
Guardiola faces further misery in Manchester City’s pursuits of Kane and Grealish
Unfortunately for Guardiola, his miserable summer is at risk of continuing amid Manchester City’s pursuits of Kane and Grealish. Aston Villa are doing their best to keep their captain, as The Sun also report they are now ready to hand him a new, £200,000-per-week contract.
Grealish is also having second thoughts about joining Manchester City this summer, per talkSPORT. Guardiola may be a huge fan of the 25-year-old, but the England international is having doubts about the switch. And that may see him sign the deal Aston Villa have ready.
While Kane could also become unobtainable, despite Manchester City’s hopes of a deal before August 31. The Daily Mail claim Tottenham owner Joe Lewis feels the striker has gone about wanting the move the wrong way and is digging in his heels to block a transfer.