Antoine Griezmann identified as Harry Kane alternative

Antoine Griezmann

The Barcelona forward might be on his thanks to the Etihad Stadium this summer

Manchester City could make a move for Antoine Griezmann if they’re unable to sign Harry Kane this summer, consistent with reports.

Pep Guardiola’s side is determined to land Tottenham’s talisman before the beginning of next season.

The city has already had a £100m bid for the striker rebuffed, but they’re expected to return with another bid after the ECU Championship.

Spurs won’t let their star man go without a fight, however, and City could ultimately be forced to show their focus elsewhere.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Griezmann is among the alternatives identified by the Premier League champions.

Guardiola is claimed to be a long-term admirer of the France international, who might be made available for transfer by Barcelona this summer.

The cash-strapped Catalans got to slash their wage bill to form room for brand spanking new signings, as reported by Goal.com.

That could aid City’s attempts to sign Griezmann, who was unable to inspire France to glory at Euro 2020.

The former Atletico Madrid man may be a different sort of player to Kane. While the Spurs marksman does wish to drop deep, he’s still an out-and-out center-forward. Griezmann is more of a second striker who has also played out wide.

Yet perhaps that’s why Guardiola likes him. The city used a false nine for much of the last term, despite having Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to call upon. The approach worked well: City won the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.

However, Griezmann’s age might be a barrier to a deal. he’s now 30 years old, and City could be wary of offering him a long-term deal.

Mundo Deportivo suggests the Premier League champions could offer makeweights as a part of the deal, with Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, and Bernardo Silva all mentioned.

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