If there is one area of Pep Guardiola’s squad which needs strengthening, it is arguably up front – but Manchester City are still yet to make a marquee striker signing
The clock is ticking with just nine days remaining for Manchester City to wrap up any remaining business before the transfer window shuts.
If there is one area of Pep Guardiola’s squad which needs strengthening, it is arguably up front, where the Spaniard has experimented with various systems and personnel in the opening two games of the Premier League season.
Ferran Torres has shown patches of quality as a false nine in a fluid front line, but Guardiola has been unable to land the marquee centre-forward signing he craves.
City must either increase their offer for Kane or look elsewhere to strengthen their attack, otherwise they will enter the autumn with Gabriel Jesus as their sole natural stirker.
Featuring the latest on Kane and Bernardo Silva, here is Monday’s City transfer round-up.
City urged to move for Aubameyang
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Manchester City must pursue Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they are unable to prise Harry Kane from Tottenham.
That’s the verdict of former Gunners and Scotland forward Charlie Nicholas, who insists Aubameyang is “as good a finisher as Kane”.
Mirror Football understands City are still £50million off meeting Spurs’ asking price for the England captain after their opening £100million bid was rejected – and Nicholas believes Aubameyang presents Pep Guardiola’s side with an ideal cut-price alternative.
He told the ‘Where’s Jeff’ podcast: “They (City) could go for someone like Aubameyang.
“It looks like something is going wrong at Arsenal at the moment, and we do know Aubameyang scores goals. He’s got pace, and he’s got movement.
“I prefer him on the left, but I could see something like that materialise. It gives Manchester City a cheaper option. He’s not as good as Kane, but he’s as good a finisher as Kane.”
Kane’s mixed reception at Wolves
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Speaking of Harry Kane, the striker made his return to match-day action during Tottenham’s 1-0 win at Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
Kane replaced Son Heung-min in the second half having missed Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Manchester City and 1-0 defeat by Pacos de Ferreira due to a lack of match fitness.
The England captain was booed by some Wolves fans as he got off the team bus outside Molineux, while there were further back-and-forth chants between them and Spurs supporters as Kane came off the bench.
As reported by football.london’s Alasdair Gold, the Wolves fans taunted, “Harry Kane, he wants to f*** off”, before Spurs fans responded with, “Harry Kane, he’s one of our own. reply that he’s one of their own”.
As Kane took to the pitch, supporters in gold and black sung, “There’s only one greedy b******”, and, “He’ll be a Manc in the morning”.
Tottenham fans hit back with a variation of their traditional song, declaring: “Harry Kane, he’s worth more than Wolves”.
Silva on Milan’s radar
AC Milan are weighing up a bid for wantaway Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva, claims the Daily Star .
Silva, 27, is surplus to requirements at the Etihad following the £100million arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Vila, while City are reportedly keen to raise funds which could be put towards the signing of Harry Kane.
The Portugal international – who has four years left on his contract and has been linked with Atletico Madrid – is pushing for a new challenge with regular minutes and Milan are aiming to wrap up a £45million transfer.