Pep Guardiola has ‘Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on his radar’

Pep Guardiola has a ‘four-man striker shortlist this summer, with Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on Manchester City boss’ radar’ to replace Sergio Aguero

  • Pep Guardiola is to be backed financially in this summer’s transfer window
  • The Manchester City boss has his eyes on Erling Haaland or Harry Kane up top
  • Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva are also strikers on Guardiola’s shortlist 
  • Guardiola’s biggest priority is replacing Sergio Aguero, who is leaving the club

Pep Guardiola is set to receive the support he needs from the Manchester City board to bring in more top players this summer and has a four-man shortlist for a new striker. 

Despite having the strongest squad in the Premier League, being crowned champions earlier this week and having a first Champions League final against Chelsea on 29 May, Guardiola is ready to bolster his options even further. 

City have made no secret that their top priority is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero. The 32-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season, and a successor of equal stature is required.

Pep Guardiola has a four-man shortlist for a new Manchester City striker in the transfer window

Erling Haaland (pictured) and Harry Kane have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Kane (pictured) has hinted that he may leave Tottenham this summer

Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Guardiola has been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, and England captain Harry Kane, who is increasingly thought to be considering leaving Tottenham this summer. 

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva are also on Guardiola’s shortlist, according to The Times

The 25-year-old Silva has made a huge impression at Frankfurt this season, scoring 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games and helping them to fifth in the league. 

Meanwhile Martinez, 23, has been a key part of Antonio Conte’s Serie A-winning squad, with 16 goals and eight assists in 36 league games.

Guardiola's biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Guardiola’s biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Lautaro Martinez (pictured) and Andre Silva are also on Guardiola's four-man striker shortlist

Silva has scored 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games this season

Lautaro Martinez (left) and Andre Silva (right) are also on Guardiola’s four-man striker shortlist

Both of these options would be significantly cheaper than either Kane, whose Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is renowed for driving extremely hard bargains, or Haaland, who would command a package of £150million-plus to be prised away from Dortmund.

But the German club have a strong financial interest in selling Haaland this transfer window, as the 20-year-old’s contract contains a £65m release clause that can be activated next summer. 

Guardiola’s bargaining power would also increase should Dortmund fail to qualify for next’s season Champions League. 

Further along the squad, the Man City boss is also said to be a big fan of Jack Grealish, though Aston Villa are believed to want £80m for the playmaker, which according to The Times, is too much money for Guardiola. 

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish but doesn't want to spend £80m

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but doesn’t want to spend £80m

Another position of perhaps greater significance is defensive midfield, with Guardiola possibly having to plan for life after 36-year-old stalwart Fernandinho. 

The Brazilian is yet to decide on a 12-month contract extension that City have offered him, and West Ham’s Declan Rice is being viewed as a potential replacement. 

Other players leaving the club include Eric Garcia, who is shaping to move to Barcelona on a free transfer, and Benjamin Mendy, who City are looking to sell after another poor season.    

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

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Jamie Redknapp joins fans in taking a pop at Sergio Aguero for dreadful missed panenka penalty

‘He looks over at Pep Guardiola like a naughty school boy looks at a teacher’: Jamie Redknapp joins fans in taking a pop at Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for dreadful missed panenka penalty against Chelsea

  • City can formally seal the Premier League title if they beat Chelsea at the Etihad
  • Forward Raheem Sterling gave Guardiola’s side the lead just before half-time 
  • They could scored again but Aguero dinked a weak spot-kick at Edouard Mendy

Jamie Redknapp has joined fans in slamming Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’s penalty technique against Chelsea after a weak panenka was easily saved.

City can wrap up the Premier League title if they beat Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday and took the lead through Raheem Sterling just before half-time.

Pep Guardiola’s side could have doubled their lead moments later after Billy Gilmour was adjudged to have fouled Gabriel Jesus, but the Argentine scooped a tame effort straight down the middle and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy gathered it with ease.

Sergio Aguero saw his weak panenka penalty easily saved by Chelsea ‘keeper Edouard Mendy

The Manchester City man could have doubled the lead against the Blues just before half-time

The Manchester City man could have doubled the lead against the Blues just before half-time

And pundit Redknapp joined former Manchester City defender Micah Richards in criticising the casual manner of Aguero’s penalty in such a big game.

He said: ‘The pa-nenka. The pa-stinker. He looks over at the manager. Like when you’re a naughty boy at school and you look at the teacher.

‘I don’t know what he’s thinking. Just finish it!’

Richards added: ‘I was cringing in here. I thought he was just going to slot it home. Devastation.’ 

Pundit Jamie Redknapp compared Aguero's guilty look after the miss to a 'naughty school boy'

Pundit Jamie Redknapp compared Aguero’s guilty look after the miss to a ‘naughty school boy’

Several fans and pundits reacted jokingly on social media to the Argentine striker's panenka

Several fans and pundits reacted jokingly on social media to the Argentine striker’s panenka

Several fans reacted gleefully on social media, with one saying ‘Aguero missing an open goal and then missing a penalty within a few minutes just sums him up in 2021.’ 

Another jokingly suggested Aguero had been wearing cumbersome boots as he took the spot-kick, with a third editing an image to show a bemused Aguero staring at his penalty miss.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker humourously referenced his poor penalty attempt for England against Brazil which would have seen him draw level with Sir Bobby Charlton’s goals record, saying: ‘Why would you ever try and dink an important penalty? What a numpty.’

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Manchester City fans claim Pep Guardiola ‘disrespected’ Sergio Aguero by leaving him on the bench

Manchester City fans claim Pep Guardiola ‘disrespected’ Sergio Aguero by leaving him on the bench in the Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham with the striker in the final months of contract before departing

  • Sergio Aguero was unused substitute as Manchester City won the Carabao Cup
  • The club’s all-time top scorer will depart City after 10 years in the summer
  • Fans felt Pep Guardiola ‘disrespected’ Aguero by not playing him at Wembley 

Manchester City fans claimed Pep Guardiola ‘disrespected’ Sergio Aguero by leaving the outgoing striker on the bench in the Carabao Cup final.

City were crowned Carabao Cup champions for the fourth straight year with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s winner, but there was no place for Aguero in the side.

The club’s all-time leading scorer will leave at the end of the season after 10 successful years at the Etihad, and fans felt helping them win the trophy would have been a fitting send off.

Fans felt Pep Guardiola 'disrespected' Aguero by not playing him

Fans felt Pep Guardiola ‘disrespected’ Sergio Aguero by not playing him in Carabao Cup final

The Argentine was seen warming up during the second half of the clash, but was never summoned to take the field by Guardiola.

‘I feel like Pep disrespected Sergio Aguero today’, was the opinion of @iamSbalCOOL, while @JamesOnUFC said ‘I feel actual pain when I see Aguero on the bench knowing it’s the end of an era’.

Other fans pointed out the ruthlessness of the City boss by choosing not to give Aguero a swansong at Wembley in favour of sticking with the men on the field.

Aguero was able to lift the trophy with his team-mates but did not get any match action

Aguero was able to lift the trophy with his team-mates but did not get any match action

@AnthonyMahoney3 claimed ‘Pep doesn’t do sentiment does he ! No Aguero ! But absolutely Brilliant from city!’, while @NathanAkeSZN said: ‘Pains me to see Aguero he looks so upset pep should have played him the the last 20’.

Aguero has scored a stunning 181 goals in 272 matches since joining City in 2011, but has just one goal in nine appearances this season after struggling with injuries. 

‘Genuinely a bit sad that Aguero’s City career looks like not just being on the bench but also not getting off it #MCITOT’, pointed out @bootforengland.

Despite not featuring at Wembley, there is still time for Aguero to have a fitting send off at City, with the side only a handful of wins from claiming the Premier League title and the first of a doubled-legged Champions League semi-final coming up this week. 

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