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Pep Guardiola makes Jack Grealish and Harry Kane transfer decision.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Jack Grealish just as much as he is keen on taking Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer, according to reports.

Grealish’s status as one of the Premier League’s greatest creative midfielders has grown in the last 18 months.

The 25-year-old tallied six goals and assisted a further 12 for Aston Villa last summer and would likely have achieved more had he not suffered a knee injury in February which kept him out for the best part of three months.

Two outstanding performances for England in their Euro 2020 warm-up friendlies against Austria and then Romania will have influenced the clubs for whom he is a transfer target.

Grealish won man of the match, having earned the penalty which Marcus Rashford converted in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Romania.

He is now a contender to start in the Three Lions’ first Euro 2020 game against Croatia having confirmed his fitness.

His England team-mate Kane is also a spot of Man City having made known his intentions to leave Tottenham this summer.

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A craving to win silverware has led the 27-year-old to want to end his 15-year relationship with the north Londoners, who have not won a major title since 2008.

Sergio Aguero’s exit from the Premier League champions implies that Guardiola may wish to sign a new striker once the transfer window resumes on Wednesday. Aguero is the club’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals in 10 years.

However, ESPN claim that Guardiola’s desire to add Grealish to his midfield options is just as strong as his wish to replace Aguero with Kane.

The City manager wants Grealish notwithstanding his vast wealth of midfield prospects.

Guardiola lately hinted that signing a striker might be too difficult for City this season due to the rising prices and the financial difficulties thrust upon football clubs by the pandemic restrictions.

“There is a lot of big chances that maybe we are not going to sign a striker for next season,” the Spaniard said in April after it was revealed that Aguero would be leaving at the end of the season.

The Argentine forward has since joined Barcelona alongside former City team-mate Eric Garcia.

Guardiola continued: “Listen, with these prices we are not going to sign any striker. We cannot afford it, it’s impossible. That’s not going to happen, no.

“All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception.

“We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who played incredible in this position this season.

“We have enough players in the first team right now and we have interesting players in the academy. And we have played, many, many, times with a false nine.

“There is a big chance, with the situation in the world, the economic problems in world football, we are not going to sign any striker for next season.”

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