Manchester City supporters have told Pep Guardiola to start playing Ferran Torres as the side’s central striker on a regular basis, despite interest in Harry Kane.
The Premier League champions were strongly interested in signing Kane over the summer transfer window, with Guardiola himself admitting how keen the club were on the Tottenham striker, but Spurs did not want to negotiate.
Guardiola said in August: “We are interested in him but if Spurs do not want to negotiate then there is nothing more to say. If they want to, we will try, that is all.
“He is a player for Tottenham and if they do not want to negotiate then it is finished.
“If they are open to negotiation, Manchester City and all the clubs in the world want to try and sign him. But it depends on Tottenham. Jack [Grealish] had a release clause so that was different.”
Sergio Aguero left City on a free transfer in the summer upon the expiry of his contract, so the Manchester-based outfit have been using Gabriel Jesus and Torres as their central striker.
Torres, who was signed by Guardiola in the summer of 2020, is often used in the centre of an attacking line for Spain, but has often been used on the right-wing at the Etihad Stadium.
The 21-year-old attacker showed his talent yet again as he scored twice in the first half of Spain’s Nations League semi-final clash with Italy on Wednesday night, when being utilised in the centre-forward position – and City supporters have called on Guardiola to use the Spaniard there more.
So, Man City fans do not think they need Kane with Torres already at their disposal – which will delight Tottenham supporters.
Nuno Espirito Santo spoke about Kane recently, with the England captain struggling to reach his usual standards in the early stages of the season.
Nuno said: “I think we all know the quality and the talent of Harry. It is just a matter of time. He did well on Wednesday.
“We know what was [happening] before. He’s progressing, he’s improving. Let’s be patient. We know what we have and Harry is one of the better players in the world.
“It’s a big advantage to have an ace like that.”
The 28-year-old striker is yet to open his scoring account in the Premier League for Tottenham this season, but has scored five goals in the Europa Conference League as he looks to rekindle the displays he showcased on a regular basis last term.
Kane has just less than three years remaining on his contract at Tottenham, meaning the north Londoners are not in a weak position regarding the sale of the striker.
Source by Football London