Fabrizio Romano reveals Man City planning 'smart market' strategy in striker pursuit - club want negotiations for the 'right prices'

Speaking on the latest episode of the 'Here We Go' podcast, Fabrizio Romano has drawn attention to the planned pursuit of a striker by Manchester City in the upcoming summer transfer window, after Pep Guardiola recently ruled out the possibility of spending in excess of €150 million on a single player.
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Speaking on the latest episode of the 'Here We Go' podcast, Fabrizio Romano has drawn attention to the planned pursuit of a striker by Manchester City in the upcoming summer transfer window, after Pep Guardiola recently ruled out the possibility of spending in excess of €150 million on a single player.

There is a feeling across the board that Manchester City will be in the market for a new player to lead the line for the club, with the departure of Sergio Aguero now confirmed for the end of the current campaign.

Although the next club of the Argentine is yet to be confirmed, there is a feeling that Barcelona or Inter Milan could be the most likely of destinations, however Chelsea continue to monitor his situation should the 32 year-old opt to continue in the English top-flight.

On the recruitment front at Manchester City, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has drawn attention to the ongoing pursuit of a new centre-forward and has clarified the situation on the latest episode of the 'Here We Go' podcast.

While confirming that Manchester City do not want to spend in excess of €150 million on a single player, it is reported that the club want negotiations for the 'right prices', and not being subject to clubs using Pep Guardiola's side to raise asking prices due to their wealth and potential spend.

Romano explains, "Manchester City will try look at the market for a striker, but they will not spend 150, 170, 180 million euros on a single player. They want to say, 'Okay, if we can have negotiations with good or important strikers, for the right price, it's okay. If you want to use Manchester City just because we are so rich and we are spending money, then this summer we are not going to do anything crazy'."

Fabrizio Romano continued, stating that this will be a 'smart market' for Manchester City, and they will continue to seek good opportunities from a financial perspective.

"It will be so long for Manchester City, but it will be a smart market. If they will have some opportunity, they will sign a striker. If they continue with these kind of prices, because Pep Guardiola was saying 'with these prices we can't do anything', that's why the price is the key. If something will change with some of these players, for sure Manchester City will try in the summer."

Interestingly, but perhaps unsurprising to some, the list of striker targets is not limited to the three key names being reported by the large majority of the media at present. Fabrizio Romano suggests that there will be other options, potentially in a very different price bracket to the main names.

"I won't say it's only Kane, only Haaland, only Lukaku on the list. Keep an eye also on other potential players, other potential strikers. When you can't spend 150 for example, you can try and look for other good opportunities for 70 or 80 something like this. Don't stay only with these three names, they also have other potential options."

Other potential names linked with the club in recent weeks have included the likes of Lautaro Martinez, Darwin Nunez, and Danny Ings - with the latter currently in a contract dispute with Southampton, which could present an interesting opportunity for Etihad officials come the summer.

You can listen to the full episode of the 'Here We Go' podcast here.


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