Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola has made a shocking claim that the club might end up not buying any striker in the upcoming summer transfer window. The statement comes after Manchester City announced on Monday that their star striker Sergio Aguero will leave the club, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Man City affected by COVID-19
MCFC’s manager made it very clear that the club has been affected financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guardiola said that it is impossible for them to sign a striker considering the current economy in world football.
Pep Guardiola: “With the economy in world football now, there’s more chance we are *not* going to sign a striker this summer.
With current prices, we are not going to buy any striker. It's impossible, we can not afford. All clubs struggling financially, us as well”. 🔵 #MCFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 2, 2021
The 50-year-old might not be wrong because despite of how rich the club is, the star strikers available in the transfer market are ridiculously expensive. While Erling Haaland has a reported transfer-fee of €180 million, Harry Kane is expected to cost around £150 million. Another reason behind these mind-boggling numbers is the fact that both Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur want to keep hold of their key players for at least one more season. Under the current circumstances, with Man City pulling out, they might well be able to achieve their target.
Will Man City be able to cope without any signing?
The club is currently at the top of the Premier League table and has played most of the season without Sergio Aguero. Hence, there should be no doubt that Man City have a lot of depth in their squad with the likes of attacking players like Gabriel Jesus, IIlkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres and so on. Reflecting on the situation, Pep said, “We have enough players in the first-team right now and we have interesting players in the academy.” Hence, it might actually be a blessing in disguise as the inability to make a new signing would also open doors for City’s youngsters coming out of the academy.