Harry Kane will not be making the transfer to Manchester this summer time, leaving Pep Guardiola with a dilemma.
The Manchester City boss wished to signal a striker this summer time to interchange Sergio Aguero however has now missed out on his No 1 goal and he turned down the possibility to signal Lionel Messi.
So, what does he do now? Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly an possibility, with the Juventus forward searching for a brand new problem and reviews on Thursday claimed he has already agreed personal phrases with City.
Pep Guardiola is in need of hanging options after failing to signal Harry Kane from Tottenham
The former Manchester United man can be a considerably cheaper different than Kane and would supply a brief-time period resolution to City’s hanging emptiness.
With Gabriel Jesus the one out and out centre forward on the membership, the City boss could also be compelled to utilise his false 9 system – which he used to nice impact final season.
Sportsmail takes a have a look at the options accessible to Guardiola with lower than every week to go till the tip of the switch window.
The Brazilian is but to show he can fill Aguero’s footwear and it was telling that Guardiola most well-liked utilizing a false 9 system within the membership’s largest video games final season.
The striker managed 14 targets in all competitions final time period, however just one got here in opposition to a prime six membership.
The 24-year-old began on the bench for the opening sport defeat in opposition to Tottenham however performed 90 minutes within the 5-0 victory over Norwich and grabbed two assists.
Jesus would have discovered himself additional down the pecking order had Kane arrived and the collapse of that transfer might give him a lift going into the remainder of the marketing campaign.
But he nonetheless has so much to show and must get on the scoresheet shortly to persuade Guardiola he could be the primary man this season. Now is the time to step up.
Gabriel Jesus nonetheless has to show he can fill Sergio Aguero’s footwear and be the primary striker
After a optimistic debut season and a formidable Euro 2020 marketing campaign, there are hopes Ferran Torres can blossom into an ideal participant on the Etihad.
Though he’s but to attain this season, he was one of many brighter gamers in opposition to Spurs and compelled an personal objective from Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul within the following sport.
He has began each league matches up to now, which is probably a sign Guardiola will proceed to show to him within the absence of one other striker.
Gary Neville talked up the potential for Torres being moulded into City’s most important centre forward on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
Ferran Torres has began the primary two video games of the season within the centre forward position
The pundit stated: ‘I assumed he has been excellent prior to now few months. He’s a special participant, clearly, by way of the Euros, he is somebody that I believe might be made into the centre-forward for City, he’s already, however I believe he can do rather well.
‘He’s a very completely different bodily specimen to what he was final season, he regarded like he could not run at full energy or at full velocity. It takes a little bit of time generally to choose up Pep Guardiola’s system and method of gamers.
‘If they do not get Harry Kane this week and we’re speaking about City not having a centre-forward, Ferran Torres seems like an actual participant.’
Raheem Sterling reminded Guardiola the risk he can present as a centre forward by coming off the bench to attain in opposition to Norwich.
Sterling scored 4 targets within the six video games he began as a striker final season. In comparability, the forward scored eight targets in 33 video games on the left, one in eight video games on the precise and one as an attacking midfielder.
With competitors for locations within the vast areas this season, Sterling might discover himself used within the centre forward position extra typically – and he has proven he can produce in that position.
Sterling might be eager to proceed the place he left off in the summertime after netting thrice for England on the Euros.
Raheem Sterling reminded Guardiola the risk he can present as a centre forward by coming off the bench to attain in opposition to Norwich
Could we actually see Ronaldo signal for blue half of Manchester?
Reports in Portugal on Thursday steered the 36-year-old has agreed personal phrases forward of a sensational transfer to the Premier League champions.
His future at Juventus has been cast into doubt this summer time and his agent Jorge Mendes flew to satisfy the Serie A giants’ bosses to debate a decision this week.
But now reviews within the Portugal worldwide’s dwelling nation counsel he has already spoken with Guardiola, and that the Italian facet at the moment are in talks with the Premier League champions about letting him depart three years after he joined.
The forward’s goalscoring report speaks for itself and he would undoubtedly assure Guardiola’s facet an everyday goalscoring supply.
City have been linked with a transfer for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s searching for a brand new problem
Pep’s false 9 experiments:
There was discuss Bernardo Silva might have been heading to Spurs as a part of a deal for Kane, however the 27-year-old reportedly rejected that proposal.
Now, Silva might be anticipated to contribute to City’s objective tally, as he has achieved for the previous three seasons.
The Portuguese has frequently been used within the false 9 by Guardiola, although the vast majority of his targets final season got here from taking part in within the attacking midfield position.
Silva performed in a deeper position in opposition to Norwich and will maybe see others most well-liked within the forward position this time period.
Bernardo Silva has beforehand performed as a false 9 however most of his targets got here from midfield
Phil Foden’s most memorable sport within the false 9 got here within the 4-1 victory over Liverpool, which noticed him rating and help at Anfield.
Like Silva, most of Foden’s targets got here when he was taking part in in his extra pure position – on the left of a entrance three.
Foden scored 9 from the left and two whereas taking part in as a centre forward.
The England worldwide is presently injured, however his return will present a major increase for Guardiola and will current him with one other attacking possibility.
With Jack Grealish, who additionally performs on the left, having arrived for £100m earlier this summer time, Foden could discover himself taking part in extra centrally when he returns from harm.
Phil Foden scored twice whereas taking part in as a false 9 however most of his targets got here from the left
Kevin De Bruyne
Few anticipated Kevin De Bruyne for use as a false 9 as typically as he was final season however the Belgian was spectacular when deployed there.
A notable efficiency got here within the 3-1 victory in opposition to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge whereas Guardiola additionally performed him there within the Champions League.
In truth, this proved to be his handiest position by way of scoring targets, with the 30-year-old netting 4 occasions as a centre forward, three as an attacking midfielder and two as a central midfielder.
De Bruyne would be the one Guardiola turns to extra if he opts to not play Torres or Jesus within the hanging position – and the midfielder has proven he’s greater than able to stepping as much as the duty.
The majority of Kevin De Bruyne’s targets final season got here when taking part in within the false 9 position
We are maybe unlikely to see Riyad Mahrez used as a false 9 frequently this time period.
The Algerian performed two video games as a centre forward final season and failed to attain, with 14 targets all coming from the precise wing.
That is the place Guardiola performed Mahrez within the opening two video games in addition to the Community Shield and he appears to be additional down the pecking order in the case of false 9 options.
Riyad Mahrez has proved simpler on the precise wing and failed to attain as a false 9 final season
Though Ilkay Gundogan was frequently down as a central midfielder on City’s group sheets final season, the Germany worldwide was given the liberty to roam additional forward.
That is why he ended the season because the membership’s prime scorer with 17 targets in all competitions.
Gundogan typically ended up within the false 9, regardless of beginning the sport in midfield – and Guardiola will doubtless look to make use of the 30-year-old in an identical position this season.
Ilkay Gundogan performed as a false 9 however was additionally given freedom when he began in midfield