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Why Manchester City can't meet asking price for strikers

FOOTBALL By Reuters | July 8th 2021
Football - Champions League Final - Manchester City v Chelsea - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - May 29, 2021. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola walks past the Champions League trophy after the match. [REUTERS/Pierre-Philippe Marcou]

Manchester City are being priced out of the market for a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero and may just stick with what they have for the new season, manager Pep Guardiola said.

British media reported City were interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane or Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland after Aguero left the Premier League champions at the end of last season to join Barcelona as a free agent.

Kane is valued at over 100 million pounds ($137.99 million), while Haaland has been rated at 150 million pounds.

"At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it," Guardiola told Catalan network TV3.

Football - Carabao Cup Final - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 25, 2021. Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates with the trophy after winning the Carabao Cup. [REUTERS/Carl Recine]

"All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. 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."

City begin their title defence on Aug. 15 when they travel to Tottenham. 

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