City duo to be axed in expectation of Superstar’s arrival

Man City are expected to lose two players in the transfer window as the club prepares for the arrival of Harry Kane.

Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus are on their way out of Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s team draw in on the acquisition of Harry Kane. Kane is almost expected to join City this summer, having expressed a desire to leave Tottenham in quest of trophies and Champions League action.

The Premier League winners are thought to have set a £120 million cap on any bid for the 27-year-old attacker. However, a move for Kane would break the £100 million threshold, and with City also interested in Jack Grealish, two high-profile players may be offloaded before the transfer season closes.

Bernardo Silva was instrumental in City reclaiming the domestic title from Liverpool last season – but he has previously been linked with Barcelona and might be sacrificed to help City land their goals. Gabriel Jesus might be the other player to make way, having played second fiddle to club legend Sergio Aguero since his arrival from Palmeiras in 2017.

City begin their Premier League campaign away to Tottenham on August 15, and both clubs want to have decided Kane’s status by then. Claims that Kane was ready to join City for a Premier League record fee of £160 million were quickly debunked by City, who maintained they would not sanction such an outrageous fee.

And, with the two clubs still miles apart in their assessment of one of the world’s most prolific attackers, the saga over Kane’s future may not be resolved before the start of the season. Kane is claimed to have informed guests of his anticipated move to City at his brother Charlie’s wedding last week, but the cost is the primary stumbling block to any transaction.

Personal conditions are not an issue, as City are prepared to offer Kane a five-year deal earning almost £350,000 per week, but negotiations over the money might drag on for weeks.Kane notified Tottenham of his wish to depart shortly before the season ended, with City immediately emerging as the front-runners to capture the attacker, who has 221 goals in 336 games for Spurs.

When City confirmed in March that they would not be renewing Aguero’s contract, they had already begun the process of finding Kane to replace him.

Guardiola famously and flippantly referred to Tottenham as ‘the Harry Kane team,’ causing outrage from Spurs, but the sarcastic statement underscored how highly the City manager regards the forward.

Even though Guardiola has frequently played without a recognizable striker, employing Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling as a ‘False Nine,’ he is aware that Kane will ensure City score at least 20 goals per season.

Kane has averaged 23.2 goals a season over the last decade, compared to 26 for Aguero, but Kane is undoubtedly in the prime of his career and with the formidable service he can expect from De Bruyne and others at City, that figure is certain to climb.

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