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Could Guardiola’s pursuit of Kane end up weakening Man City

There was always going to be a frenzy of sorts amongst the richest clubs in the world when Harry Kane told Tottenham Hotspur that he wanted to leave. You could probably even argue that there were some managers who were impatiently waiting for this day to come given how much Spurs have regressed over the last two years.

It has since emerged that Pep Guardiola was one of those managers as the Spaniard is one of Kane’s most committed suitors and the man most likely to move heaven and earth in order to try and land the England captain. Although the City boss won’t be drawn on the future of Kane in front of the media, there is increasing evidence that behind the scenes, Guardiola has already asked the club’s hierarchy to find a way to bring Kane to the Etihad.

Man City begin exploring their options

Naturally, it’s going to cost a king’s ransom to convince Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy to let Kane go to another team in the Premier League, which is why City are reported to be preparing a swap deal as well as cash for Kane. The two players in question are Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, as Guardiola is happy to see them leave the city of Manchester so that Kane can make his way to the north.

Encouragingly for the City boss, Kane’s willingness to make the move to east Manchester isn’t in doubt when you consider that he has already publicly said that it would be a dream to play in the same team as Kevin De Bruyne. A dream for Kane but a nightmare for the rest of the Premier League.

A match made in heaven will mean hell for the Premier League

Indeed, having the brand-new Harry’s razors ambassador playing in front of the most gifted midfielder of a generation could see City go on to build one of the greatest dynasties in the Premier League era. Make no mistake, Guardiola knows as much.

Staggeringly, even without Kane, and as of the 2nd of June, City have been made favorites by Betway to win the Premier League at odds of just 4/6. In comparison, the nearest challengers are Liverpool who are priced at 5/1. Now, one can only wonder what City’s odds will drop down to should Guardiola be successful in his bid to sign the 27-year-old.

But then there is another school of thought that suggests that the Spaniard’s obsession with Kane could hurt the greater good of City. Indeed, there seems to be a growing feeling amongst those in charge at the Etihad that the club has managed to get everything they can out of Sterling, and that time has come to move him on. Only, the England midfielder is just 26 and coming into his prime having scored 114 goals in just 227 appearances for City. It’s easy to forget that he’s so young given that he signed for City in 2015, but letting the winger and Jesus, who has netted 82 times in 195 appearances under Guardiola, join a Spurs side that could be managed by Mauricio Pochettino seems to be asking for trouble.

It may be inconsequential now, however, after both players failed to make an impact during the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

In fact, it wouldn’t be outside the realms of possibility to suggest that the duo have played their last game for City, with the club purely focused on finding an adequate replacement for Sergio Aguero who will be lining up in the famous colors of Barcelona next season.

These aren’t desperate times so they shouldn’t call for desperate measures

In reality, the City management knows that the club can’t embark on another season without fielding an out-and-out striker as they did during the 2020/2021 campaign. Yes, City still managed to win the league, but can they guarantee that Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden will be able to both hit purple patches and chip in with the goals that City needed to break away from the chasing pack as they did over the back end of the season?

Finding a proven goalscorer at the highest level is the prudent thing to do, but handing two of City’s most influential players to a rival in order to do so could turn out to be disastrous. Far be it for anyone to second-guess the motives of arguably the greatest manager in the history of the game, but the fact of that matter is that the addition of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus to any side in the big six will automatically make them title contenders.

 

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