Harry Kane was linked with a move to Man City for much of the summer but has ended up staying put at Tottenham and has addressed how the saga has affected his reputation
Manchester City have been unable to sign a striker despite a summer long search for a new No 9.
Sergio Aguero left the Etihad at the end of last season leaving Pep Guardiola’s side light in attack.
Harry Kane has been their top target for much of the summer whilst Erling Haaland has also been linked.
Guardiola has added Jack Grealish for a British record transfer fee of £100m in what is his only marquee summer signing.
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Kane addresses transfer saga
Kane was linked throughout the summer with a move to Manchester having made his intentions clear.
A lack of negotiations has meant he stayed put at Tottenham with Daniel Levy standing firm.
He was quizzed on whether the transfer saga has tarnished his reputation, and told TalkSport : “No, I don’t think so. I think anyone involved in the football industry knows the ins and outs.
“I was quite calm with the situation, but when you’re in it and you know the truth, then your conscience is clear.
“There’s always going to be noise. My whole career I’ve had ups and downs from when I’m young to where I am, that’s just part of the parcel of it.
“A lot of people that know me will say I’m a professional athlete who’s dedicated my life to this game and that’s what I’ll continue to do.
“I’ll look forward now, the aim has always been to win silverware with Tottenham and it’s been that aim every year.”
City have been told that Erling Haaland may think twice about moving to the Etihad following Guardiola’s announcement.
The Catalan claimed he would leave Manchester when his contract ended in 2023 which may factor into the Norwegian’s thinking when he decides on his next move.
Rio Ferdinand said: “Knowing that he’s [Haaland] going to be going next year and knowing he’s going to be going in another year’s time. So you are going to get one year to play with him [Guardiola].
“If he wants to play in England, he will have suitors other than Man City. The one thing that I would say, I don’t think Robin van Persie signs for Manchester United if Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t there.”
City send several out on loan
Youngster Tommy Doyle completed a loan move to German side Hamburg.
The midfielder joined the 2. Bundesliga club on loan for the remainder of the season.
On completing his loan switch, he said: “It feels great. I am glad that the transfer has gone through. I can’t wait to play in this beautiful stadium and hit the ground running with this team.”
Yangel Herrera will return to La Liga after agreeing to move to Espanyol whilst Englishman Patrick Roberts will join French club Troyes with his City contract winding down.
Barnsley have also confirmed the signing of City midfielder Claudio Gomes who heads to Oakwell.