Manchester City have been tipped to make a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham rather than Harry Kane this summer as they struggle to reach an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur.
City have regularly been linked with Kane throughout the transfer window after the England captain announced his intentions to leave the north London club following another trophyless season, which also saw them scrape a place in next season’s Europa Conference League.
However, it seems clear that the Citizens would have to pay well over £100m if they want to sign the 28-year-old, with recent reports suggesting that any deal between the two clubs could well go to the deadline, and the last thing Pep Guardiola needs is to end up without a new striker for the 2021/22 season.
The Spaniard bid goodbye to club legend Sergio Aguero earlier in the summer, and whilst City played much of season without a natural striker on the pitch, it would be unwise to have just Gabriel Jesus and 18-year-old Liam Delap as their centre-forward options for next season.
They could perhaps look towards Abraham as a cheaper, younger alternative to Kane this summer, and when former Manchester City man Trevor Sinclar was asked on talkSPORT if he would take the Chelsea man over the England captain, he said:
“I would, yeah. He’s a young enough player and with Pep Guardiola’s coaching ability and the teammates around him… he’s a top player. The season he had at Aston Villa and then he went back to Chelsea and did very well.
“He’s a handful, his pace, he looks to stretch the lines, he’s a finisher. No player’s perfect, especially at 22 or 23, but there’s a lot of growth there with Tammy. He’d be someone I’d be very interested to see at Manchester City.”
Also, he appears to be surplus to requirements in Thomas Tuchel’s squad, so he could prove to be relatively cheap compared to the Spurs man this summer. By contrast, Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot last term and has been his club’s leading scorer for seven seasons in a row, which would suggest that Tottenham would be extremely reluctant to sanction his exit.
Although Chelsea might not want to sell to a title rival such as City, Abraham is only 23; and as Sinclair suggests, he could become a top player under Guardiola’s coaching.
At 1.9m (6 foot 3), the Blues striker would offer City a different option up front and would perhaps encourage them to put more crosses into the box, something with which they struggled at times over the last couple of seasons.
Therefore, if a deal for Kane proves to be too expensive, Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider a move for the “unbelievable” Abraham – in the words of fellow City transfer target Jack Grealish – this summer.