Former England striker Trevor Sinclair believes Manchester City’s transfer model will stop them from breaking the bank in an attempt to sign Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane this summer.
City, who face Spurs on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign in a little over three weeks time, are poised to want to add a new striker to their ranks this summer after Sergio Aguero’s departure at the end of last season.
England star Kane, who scored four goals during the recent European Championship, has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium to act as Aguero’s successor, following the news that the Spurs striker revealed that a conversation was to be had with chairman Daniel Levy about his future.
Since then, City have been consistently linked with a £100million-plus move for Kane, even though clubs are expected to be restricted in their spending power this summer because of how heavily impacted they have been in recent months because of the pandemic.
However, even if City could fund a move for Kane, Sinclair cannot see his old club spending £100million or more on a player, regardless of the quality they would add to the squad.
“If you look at the principles Man City try and stick to and their philosophy, I can’t see them spending £100million on a player,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“They don’t want to spend that kind of money. They’ve already had to invest a lot from when Sheikh Mansour took over the football club.
“They were so far behind everybody on the pitch and not even that they had to invest into their training facility because Carrington wasn’t up to it.
“They’ve never broken [transfer] records. They’ve never been near breaking Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea.
“All the other clubs are buying players for £80million or £90million, Man City are not near that. I don’t think that’s by accident, I think that’s by design.”
Although City’s squad may be packed to the rafters with exciting and quality talent, the transfer fees they have forked out on new additions in recent years have rarely exceeded £70million, meaning they appear to have almost limited themselves in what they are willing to spend on just one player.
Admittedly, they have spent upwards of £60million on the likes of Ruben Dias and Riyad Mahrez in recent years, but they have never reached the levels that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have when splashing out mega money on just one new recruit.
As well as chasing Kane’s signature, City are also said to be very keen on signing Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, who is another player that is said to be worth over £100million.
With that in mind, it is highly unlikely that City, in Sinclair’s opinion, would move for either of them at that price, never mind both of them.
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