Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been speaking about his club’s potential summer transfer activity.
City continue to be linked with a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, and Harry Kane, the Tottenham Hotspur captain, is also a target.
Reports last month claimed that a deal to bring Grealish to the Etihad Stadium, for a British transfer record fee of around £100 million, was close.
However, Villa want to convince their talisman to remain at his boyhood club and will offer him a new contract after the conclusion of the European Championship.
Villa are going for it next season with Emiliano Buendia signed from Norwich City for a club-record fee already and efforts continuing to bring Emile Smith Rowe in from Arsenal.
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Grealish is seen as key to Villa breaking into the European places in 2021-22 with any transfer business done this summer aimed at helping the 25-year-old out and ending an overreliance on the England star.
City, meanwhile, are keen to strengthen their ranks after losing the Champions League final to Chelsea.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic having a financial impact on football clubs across the world, Guardiola has spoken about how City will deal in the summer market.
Speaking to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Guardiola addressed the issue of a difficult transfer window.
“I imagine that if we want to sign a Barca or Madrid player for 100 million or so, they will not complain,” he said, referencing the Spanish duo’s financial worries. “They will be delighted that it can be done, I wish now they would.
“I don’t know how the market will end. I don’t know, with Txiki (Begiristain, City’s director of football), what we can do because many times you want to do things that are not possible.
“What we can do, we will do, and if we do not continue with the squad we have, with which we have won three Leagues in four years, we have finally reached a Champions League final.”
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