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Pep Guardiola hits back as Spurs outline Harry Kane to Man City transfer stance

Manchester City are aiming to win their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, while winning the Champions League for the first time remains a clear objective

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Manchester City have already made one big splash this summer, after sealing a £100million deal to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Grealish’s arrival marked the end of a long pursuit to land the 25-year-old, with Pep Guardiola more than happy to OK the huge transfer bid.

But with the new Premier League season underway and their rivals strengthening themselves effectively, City remain in the market for further reinforcements.

It is no secret that Guardiola would like to sign a new striker having seen Sergio Aguero depart The Etihad at the end of last season.

There is also likely to be the usual raft of departures as the champions look to balance the books.

With that in mind, here are the latest Man City transfer rumours:

Spurs outline Kane stance



Kane looks set to stick with Spurs until at least next summer
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Tottenham are set to rebuff any offers for Harry Kane, as the striker looks set to spend at least one more season in north London.

Kane’s future has been the source of constant speculation throughout the window after it was reported that he was looking to leave the club.

And he was left out of his side’s game against City today as the rumours continue to grow.

City have been touted as his most likely destination should he leave Spurs, with Guardiola ready to sanction a huge offer.









But according to the Times, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains adamant that the 28-year-old will not be sold, regardless of the vast sums of money on offer.

The England captain only reported to pre-season training last week after an extended break following his exploits at Euro 2020.

He was then forced to isolate as per the current guidelines, before rejoining his Spurs teammates on Friday.

Guardiola bites back



Pep Guardiola snapped back at claims he is a ‘chequebook manage’
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Pep Guardiola has hit back at critics claiming he is nothing more than a chequebook boss.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested that City have an unfair advantage when it comes to transfers, days after the deal for Grealish was completed.

But the former Barceloa boss has pointed to his success at the Camp Nou as a perfect example of how he is a lot more than simply a manager that needs to spend.

Guardiola said: “I know I had the best player I’ve ever seen in my life – Lionel Messi – but we won two Champions League at Barcelona with seven players who came from the academy.”







Referring to Liverpool specifically he added: “They were fighting and fighting and were able to go into the market to spend on two incredible players.

“And they won. They won the Champions League, won the Premier League and all the time they were there.

“If they don’t want to spend more now, maybe it’s because they believe they don’t need it or because the owners don’t want it.”

Grealish signing slammed

Former Liverpool player Jason McAteer has slammed Man City’s decision to sign Jack Grealish, hinting he was a player the champions simply didn’t need.

Grealish arrived at The Etihad earlier this month in a deal worth a British-record £100m.



Grealish was unveiled to Man City fans and the media last week
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The former Aston Villa captain made his debut for the club in a brief cameo during the Community Shield vs Leicester City last Sunday.

But McAteer has questioned the decision to sign him, labelling it “perplexing”.

“I don’t get the Grealish signing as to where he plays and I don’t get the price tag,” McAteer told LFC TV following the Reds’ win over Norwich City. “I’m perplexed by it.

“I just think they are a team who have got endless pots of cash who can say ‘we want him and we’ll get him’.”

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