Last season, Manchester City said goodbye to their all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero. The club decided not to renew his contract as it was time to move on. The Cityzens did not want to depend too much on him for goals. Pep Guardiola had even started to bench him more often than not last season.
However, there was always a feeling watching Manchester City play that they still need a proper goalscorer. Thus this summer they decided to sign a striker. But there were other areas as well where they need to strengthen. A ball carrier was needed for the team and the Cityzens splashed £100 million to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
After signing the English international, Guardiola wanted his striker to arrive at the Etihad. Though last season they played largely without Aguero but Manchester City knew they need a striker to replace him. They made attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus and Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
No Kane or Ronaldo for Manchester City this summer
The Cityzens relentlessly pursued Harry Kane this summer. They made various bids for him, there were rumours that the likes of Laporte and Sterling were included in the deal as well. Manchester City were willing to offer cash plus players deal to sign Kane. However, Dany Levy was adamant that he does not want to sell the England captain.
Then, finally, a figure of €150m was quoted which the Citizens did not pay. Even Kane publicly stated that he wanted to leave but later made an u-turn on his decision. Thus, Manchester City turned their attention towards Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Real Madrid star wanted to leave Juventus this summer.
Ronaldo was reportedly keen to move to the club as well. However, a move did not happen for other reasons and he eventually returned to Man United. The player turns 37 next year, he did not offer a long term solution. While there were other big egos in the Etihad dressing room as well. Thus a move for the Portuguese did not happen.
Fabrizio Romano reveals Manchester City plan
Reputed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, in his Benchwarmers column, has revealed new plans for the Cityzens. They will now be looking to integrate young talent Kayky into the first team. The signing of the teenager has largely gone noticed due to the freakish nature of this season’s transfer window. A fee of €10 million was agreed between the two clubs in April this year.
Initially, he was expected to be a part of the squad in January. But now Guardiola wants the Brazilian to join the first-team squad as soon as possible. It is yet to be seen how things will pan out with just one more day left in this transfer window.
Is this the only option for Manchester City?
Pep Guardiola currently uses Gabriel Jesus as an out and out No.9. But last season he preferred to play with a false nine instead of him. This season he has started 3 games but he has played as a winger in them.
If Manchester City need a focal point of attack, Jesus can provide that. Although statistically, he is similar to other Citizens players, he only has 3.82 shot creation per action per ninety minutes. While both Foden and Torres have 3.53 and 2.97 shot creation per action per ninety minutes.
In previous seasons he has proven himself to be an efficient goalscorer. In the 2020/21 season, he scored 34 goals in all competitions. In the season prior to that, he scored 23 goals in all competitions. Thus this indicates that he is capable of scoring goals on a regular basis.
12th Man Opinion
The idea of Kayky joining the squad sooner than expected would hardly excite the Manchester City fanbase. They would want an elite striker at the club. Perhaps they must be hoping that next season the Cityzens chase Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund to fill in that gap.