MAN CITY FAN VIEW: The club know how stubborn Daniel Levy can be so why wasn’t there a Harry Kane Plan B like Danny Ings? They should go in for Cristiano Ronaldo to make up for it
- Manchester City have failed in their bid to get Tottenham’s Harry Kane this year
- The Spurs talisman revealed he is 100 per cent staying at Spurs this season
- Pep Guardiola’s City now have limited centre-forward options for the campaign
- The club have been linked with a shock move for Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo
The blame in the failure to sign Harry Kane lies solely with Manchester City and their hierarchy.
After a drawn-out wrangle to sign Kyle Walker five years ago, City know first-hand that Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is a stubborn operator.
So blaming his unwillingness to negotiate is not a valid excuse. At the start of the summer, Levy said Kane was not for sale — and he stuck to his guns.
Harry Kane is going to remain at Tottenham despite serious interest from Manchester City
City chief Khaldoon Al Mubarak (above) has failed to get one of his main transfer targets
Even if City thought they were winning the race to sign him, it is ludicrous they had no Plan B.
They declined the chance to sign Lionel Messi — a player they had courted for more than a decade — on a free transfer, so they could focus on Kane.
The only other target, according to credible reports, was Erling Haaland, who is not available until next summer. So why did the club not target a cheaper, stop-gap option?
It did not have to be a record-breaking, glamorous signing. It just needed to be an instinctive forward who knows where the goal is, someone like Danny Ings, who joined Aston Villa this summer for £25million.
Danny Ings joined Aston Villa earlier this summer but he could have been a reliable plan B
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a move to City this week
City were punished in 2019 for not replacing stalwart leader Vincent Kompany, with Liverpool ultimately finishing 18 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s leaky defence.
No lessons were learned, with Sergio Aguero — the club’s greatest-ever striker — not replaced. In a title race where rivals are strengthening, it will come back to bite City.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest goalscorer (not player) of his generation. If he is available, City should go all in to sign him, especially for the ‘Welcome to Manchester’ banners.
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