Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes that Manchester City need to move for a striker such as Harry Kane following the news that Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the season.
Aguero is City’s all-time top scorer with 257 goals in 384 appearances but has struggled with injuries in recent seasons (transfermarkt) and will depart the Etihad when his contract expires.
Merson has claimed that Pep Guardiola needs to recruit a big name during the summer to help fill the void which will be left by the 32-year-old.
The pundit also mentioned the likes of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as other suitable replacements, however, any pursuit of Haaland may have been made more difficult following reports that the Norwegian’s father and agent have held talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid (ESPN).
Manchester City are said to be long-term admirers of the Spurs marksman along with rivals United, however, Daniel Levy is reported to be unwilling to sell Kane to a Premier League rival (MEN).
Merson told Sky Sports: “They must be bringing in a big name like an Erling Haaland, a Harry Kane or a Kylian Mbappe,” said Merson. “Otherwise, how do you not keep hold of Aguero? It’s impossible not to keep him. He’s a goal machine!
“I can understand that the injuries he’s picked up over the last couple of seasons have played a part, but if you are not bringing in Haaland, Kane or Mbappe, you keep Aguero. Even if he just plays 20 games, he’s getting you 15 goals.
“If I was Man City, I’d take any one of Haaland, Kane or Mbappe. Whoever gets the chance to replace Aguero at City, they’ve got the dream job. If you are one of those three players, and you get the job at City, you’ve got to be thinking 30 goals next season, at least.
“People will say about Robert Lewandowski and he’s top player, but he’s not coming over to England at this stage of his career. Any one of Haaland, Kane or Mbappe tick the boxes for City, in my opinion. It’s a great move for any of them because they are getting goals.”
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