Manchester City list Barcelona striker as plan B per Guardiola’s request
Pep Guardiola’s desire to strengthen Machester City’s forward line is no new headline. With Sergio Aguero’s stellar career at the Etihad coming to an end, there is now an open slot for City to chase a top striker.
Harry Kane is the number one option to take up the striker role for the Premier League champions. However, difficult negotiations with Tottenham have made the Blues of Manchester start looking for alternatives.
While Aguero is moving to Barcelona to strengthen their forward line, Guardiola ironically has his eyes on the Catalan club’s No.7 as his second choice. As per reports from the reliable TyC Sports, Antoine Griezmann is eyed as an alternative to Tottenham’s refusal to negotiate for Harry Kane.
Fabio Paratici, the new General Director of Spurs, recently assured that the club are not interested in cashing in on their biggest asset. There are no doubts that the player himself is in favor of moving on from the London-based side, however, the club do not share his vision. Under such circumstances, the possibility of the World Cup winner moving to Manchester City becomes more realistic.
Barcelona’s economical crisis is no new subject. According to reports earlier today, Barcelona cannot register their four new signings or announce the renewal of Lionel Messi owing to the sky-high wage bill.
The desperate need to lighten the burden and comply with the League’s restrictions has pushed the board to extremes. Contract terminations, which are rarely heard of, have become a daily dose of Catalan Media.
With two new reinforcements coming into the forward line, Barcelona need to part with some of the existing players. The 30-year-old is one of the few high-wage earners that Barcelona could cash in on, and with Memphis Depay coming in, they regain a player of his profile.
The deal seems meant to be with every passing day. As the transfer deadline nears, City’s desperation for a striker and Barcelona’s desperation for sales will grow simultaneously. With that in mind, negotiations will not be difficult.
The transfer of Griezmann to Manchester City is gathering force with more reliable outlets beginning to report the same. Truth be told, it is the best way forward for all three parties involved.
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