Manchester City are 'not happy' with the club being linked to striker transfers involving fees in excess €150 million over the past few days, and are also not prepared to pay 'enormous' figures this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The latest information follows claims from Pep Guardiola during a press conference on Friday afternoon, suggesting that due to the current financial situation at many of Europe's top clubs including Manchester City, that there is a chance the club will not sign a new striker during the summer transfer window.
Pep Guardiola said, "With the prices, we are not going to buy any striker. It's impossible, we can not afford it. All clubs are struggling financially, us as well. We have Gabriel [Jesus], Ferran [Torres] who has been incredible, Raheem [Sterling] as a false-nine. Today, there is more chance we don't sign a striker."
However according to Fabrizio Romano speaking on the situation on Instagram, it seems as though the comments stemmed from Manchester City's frustration at being linked with top level strikers for prices in excess of €150 million - at a time when all clubs across Europe are struggling financially.
Romano writes that Manchester City are 'not happy' with rumours stating the club are able to spend €150 million or €180 million for the likes of Erling Haaland, Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku.
With the aforementioned information in mind, Romano states that Manchester City want to clarify their plans ahead of the summer market in regards to their pursuit of a new striker. It is reported that City will only sign a striker if prices change and in the event of 'good opportunities' on the market arising.
The feeling from the Etihad Stadium on the situation, according to Fabrizio Romano, is that of the following: “A striker linked to Manchester City means they can pay more than €100 million for him” - but the club are simply not prepared to pay enormous fees during a 'difficult economical situation' for all of the top clubs.
Looking back on Pep Guardiola's surprising claims during his pre-Leicester press conference, Romano understands that the meaning of such comments were along the lines of: Don’t use Manchester City's name to say, “we’re paying €150 million, no problem”.
Manchester City want to be negotiating for the 'right prices', 'good opportunities' or else the club will be happy with Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, and other current talents - as pointed out by Guardiola on Friday.
Manchester City fans were however pleased by Guardiola's announcement that breakthrough striker Liam Delap will be fully promoted to the first-team squad from next season. The City boss said, "Liam is training with us this season; like with Jadon [Sancho] but Jadon didn't accept to sign a contract. Many players are training with us and Liam is doing really well... He is training and next season he'll be training with us every day."
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