- Guardiola has suddenly changed tune as he claimed Manchester City could not afford a world-class striker to replace Aguero
- The Argentine is on his way out of the Etihad at the end of the current campaign
- City have been linked with Erling Haaland, but Guardiola believes the Norwegian’s price tag is simply too high
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said it is highly unlikely the club will buy another highly-rated striker to replace Sergio Aguero in the summer.
The Argentine has confirmed his exit from the Etihad Stadium at the end of this season - putting an end to his 10-year reign at the club.
When the 32-year-old announced he will depart from the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola was already eyeing Erling Haaland and Harry Kane as replacements for the club legend.
However, the Spanish-born manager while answering media questions ahead of his side's clash with Leicester City said some of these strikers are too expensive and it might prove impossible to acquire them.
"I don't know what is going to happen but at these prices, we are not going to buy any striker. It's impossible. We cannot afford it. All the clubs are struggling financially, us as well. Today there is more chance we will not buy a striker next season."
The Norwegian has a deal with the German League side until 2024 with a staggering 75m Euros release clause included on his contract.
Kane is another option for Manchester City, but his contract with Tottenham Stadium will not expire until the summer of 2024.
In truth, City will have to sign a very expensive striker if they are to directly replace Aguero, who is the club’s all-time goal scorer.
Aguero, 32, signed for the Citizens in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and famously won them their first league title with virtually the last kick of the season against QPR. Guardiola earlier admitted
“We know how important he is in present and past, these decisions are never easy. "Maybe we are going to find a new player to replace him but in terms of numbers? Impossible."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea are favourites to sign Sergio Aguero who recently announced he will be departing Man City after ten years at the Etihad.
Barcelona have been lined up to sign the Argentine scoring legend as well as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, reports claim that the Blues who failed to sign the petite striker from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 are in a prime position to do so ten years after.