Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City do not have a ‘weapon’ in attack like Tottenham Hotspur posses and believes that the Etihad hierarchy understand they must sign a striker next summer.
The Premier League champions were heavily linked with a move for Harry Kane with speculation about the England international’s future having dominated the summer transfer window.
Guardiola revealed earlier in the summer that City were keen to bring Kane to the club but were unable to reach a deal with Tottenham not prepared to come to the negotiating table (MEN).
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was about about his goalscoring options ahead of their 1-0 win at Chelsea yesterday and once again name-dropped Tottenham as having a forward who is able to score 25 Premier League goals over the course of a campaign.
Kane is yet to register in the top flight this season and will be hoping to open his account when Spurs face Arsenal in the North London derby at the Emirates later this afternoon.
Guardiola told The Guardian: “There are two options that we have right now: complaining or say we have exceptional players, these players have taken this club to another level and I’m still fascinated by the way they train, their commitment. That is enough for me.
“We don’t have this weapon that others teams have like Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham or other teams. We don’t have a player to score 25 league goals for himself, so we have to do it as a team. I cannot deny what a player Romelu Lukaku is.”
He added: “You will not hear me moaning for one single moment in this season that we don’t have this player, because the players that have been given to me by the club –what things they have give to us in recent years.
“We survived without Sergio in a good way, in the way we played. I think the club knows – and not for me – that it needs a striker in the next years. Sometimes it is possible, sometimes not because they’re the more expensive ones.”
Guardiola appears to be hugely frustrated not to have secured the services of Harry Kane this summer following Aguero’s departure.
With Kane having had three years left to run on his contract at Tottenham, the ball was completely in City’s court to make a substantial offer which not even Daniel Levy could turn down.
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