Pep Guardiola has raised a few eyebrows by claiming that Manchester City are unlikely to buy an expensive replacement for Sergio Agüero this summer.
That is despite the strong links in the press with a move at the end of the season for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, as well as other speculation linking them with both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.
According to the Spaniard, it is because the fees being touted for the various options are too high. He said “It is impossible. We cannot afford it. All the clubs are struggling financially, us as well”.
It was confirmed last week that the 32-year-old Argentine will leave the club at the end of the season when his current deal expires, not having been offered an extension.
He did start their league match with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, but did not score, and was withdrawn on 63 minutes in favour of Raheem Stirling.
City won the match 2 – 0 and only need four more wins to be sure of clinching the Premier League title.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.