Pep Guardiola confirms Man City want to sign ‘extraordinary’ Tottenham star Harry Kane, rules out Lionel Messi transfer after shock Barcelona statement, and reveals possible sales August 6, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Pep Guardiola has admitted he would like to sign Harry Kane this summer – but has ruled out a sensational reunion with Lionel Messi following his shock departure from Barcelona.
Kane’s Tottenham future remains up in the air having not returned to the club’s training ground, as expected, at the start of this week.
City have already clinched a £100million deal to sign Kane’s England teammate Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, but City don’t want to stop there.
“I think Man City and many clubs in the world want to try to sign him, we are not an exception, but it depends on Tottenham,” Guardiola said.
“I think not just Man City, all the clubs in the world would want to sign him. We are not an exception. It is different to Jack. He had the release (clause) and Jack is different.
“Harry is an exceptional, extraordinary striker and we are interested in him but if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, nothing more to say. If they want to then we will try.
To City fans’ disappointment, Guardiola will not be joining the queue of clubs interested in signing Messi after Barcelona announced on Thursday he would be leaving the club this summer.
“It looked like it finished well, in terms of continuing with Barcelona, and in the end it was a surprise for everyone, me included of course but I think Joan Laporta was clear today the reason why,” Guardiola said.
“We spent £40m on Jack Grealish. £100m we pay and £60m we won in the last year and he will bring the No.10 because we were convinced for Jack Grealish. Right now it is not in our thoughts (to sign Messi), absolutely not.
Meanwhile, Guardiola revealed that Bernardo Silva is one of several players who is willing to leave City this summer.
He added: “Not just Bernardo, there are two, three, four players who want to leave but they are our players under contract and when they bring some offers and want to leave, we are open to discuss for absolutely everything with all the players in the squad.
“But it depends on them and otherwise they continue to train and I decide if they play or don’t play.”
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