City should have bought Grealish before securing Kane, says Carragher

Jamie Carragher says Manchester City ‘got their priorities wrong’ by signing £100m Jack Grealish when Harry Kane ‘should have already been paraded in a shirt’… and should eye Kylian Mbappe as ‘Plan B’ if Tottenham now won’t sell

  • Manchester City and Tottenham are locked in a stand-off over striker Harry Kane
  • The Premier League champions are thought to be unwilling to pay £150 million
  • Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has said Kane should be frustrated with City
  • City should have prioritised Kane ahead of £100 million Jack Grealish, he feels 
  • Carragher believes City should be keen on PSG star Kylian Mbappe as a back-up 

Manchester City should have concentrated on capturing Harry Kane for Tottenham’s £150 million asking price ahead of the signing of Jack Grealish, Premier League legend Jamie Carragher has warned.

The reigning champions spent £100 million to sign playmaker Jack Grealish earlier this month, matching the amount they offered Spurs for Kane in June.

With the England captain under contract until 2024, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be holding out for the full fee for his wantaway talisman – and Carragher believes Kane should be as frustrated by City’s tactics as he is with his club.

Jamie Carragher (right) has urged Man City to meet Spur’s £150m asking price for Harry Kane

Boss Pep Guardiola saw City slip to a 1-0 opening day defeat at Spurs in the Premier League

Carragher has called City’s approach to snaring Kane ‘bizarre’ and claimed that the 28-year-old should be asking why club owner Sheikh Mansour has not matched his market value. 

Writing in the Telegraph, Carragher said: ‘As the supposed number one summer target, he should already have been paraded in his City shirt.

‘It is difficult to understand how City imagined this would play out any differently than it has over the past two months.

‘From the moment it became clear Kane would push for a transfer, and City were preparing their move, everyone in football foresaw the current state of affairs. 

City added £100 million Jack Grealish (second from right) to their stacked options in midfield

‘Anything less than £150 million for the England captain is going to be met with an instant rebuke.’

The arrival of Grealish from Aston Villa has supplemented a midfielder already blessed with the likes of Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, Carragher says. 

‘City obviously had the funds to buy Kane for £150 million at the start of the summer but decided to match the £100 million clause for Jack Grealish. At the moment, it looks like they got their priorities wrong.

‘Grealish is a fine player. He will do well at City. I understand why he wanted to move. What I cannot get my head around is why City did not attend to their more pressing needs first. 

Carragher says Kane should be equally frustrated with City and Spurs chief Daniel Levy (right)

‘Signing Grealish will not be the difference between City defending their title or finally winning the Champions League this season.

‘Signing Kane, or a world-class striker capable of scoring between 20 or 30 goals this season, might be.’

Carragher now feels that it is make-or-break time for City to add a cutting edge to their intricate play, suggesting PSG prodigy Kylian Mbappe, whose contract expires next year, as another worthy transfer target.

‘That was clear in last weekend’s defeat to Spurs,’ he said. ‘Despite that, the Premier League champions pushed ahead with the Grealish deal while waiting for events to materialise on Kane’s future.

France and PSG striker Kylian Mbappe (left) should be on City’s radar, according to Carragher

‘That will backfire if they do not act in the next fortnight, to either secure Kane or a worthy alternative.

‘City must have considered a Plan B in the event of Spurs refusing to sell Kane. There would be more value in trying to sign Kylian Mbappe for in excess of £100 million a year before his contract expires at PSG, for example.’

Carragher blames ‘antipathy’ between City boss Pep Guardiola and agent Mino Raiola for their failure to pursue Borussia’ Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland with conviction.

He said: ‘It is inconceivable City will not add at least one new striker to their squad.

‘It will not be a good look, nor a reflection of good planning, to see the best team in the world, with the best coach in the world, with a seemingly unlimited budget, scrambling around hunting for a striker in the final two weeks of the transfer window.’

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