Manchester City should have focused on catching Harry Kane for the £ 150million asking price from Tottenham ahead of the signing of Jack Grealish, Premier League legend Jamie Carragher has warned.
The Premier League champions have spent £ 100million to sign playmaker Jack Grealish this summer, matching the amount they offered Spurs for Kane after the end of last season.
With the England captain on contract until 2024, Tottenham president Daniel Levy is believed to be awaiting full costs for his escape talisman – and Carragher believes Kane should be as frustrated with City as he is with his club.
Manchester City’s £ 100million bid for Harry Kane was £ 50million less than Tottenham’s price
Expert and former Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes City should do everything for Kane
Carragher called City’s approach to trap Kane “bizarre” and claimed the 28-year-old should question why club owner Sheikh Mansour failed to match his market value.
Writing in the Telegraph, Carragher said: “As the supposed number one summer target, he should have been paraded in his City shirt by now.
“It’s hard to understand how City imagined it would play out any differently than it has been over the past two months.
“From the moment it became clear that Kane would be pushing for a transfer and that City were preparing their move, everyone in football anticipated the current state of affairs.
City added £ 100million to Jack Grealish (second from right) to their options stacked in midfield
“Anything less than £ 150million for the English captain will be the subject of an instant reprimand. “
The arrival of Grealish from Aston Villa complemented an already blessed midfielder with Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, Carragher said.
City obviously had the funds to buy Kane for £ 150million at the start of the summer, but decided to match the £ 100million clause for Jack Grealish. For the moment, it seems that they have the wrong priorities.
“Grealish is a good player. He will do well at City. I understand why he wanted to move. What I can’t understand is why City didn’t address their most urgent needs first.
Carragher says Kane should share equal frustration with City and Spurs’ Daniel Levy (right)
“Signing Grealish won’t make the difference between City defending their title or ultimately winning the Champions League this season.
“Signing Kane, or a world-class forward capable of scoring between 20 and 30 goals this season, could be. “
Carragher now believes it’s time for City to add a spike to their complex play, suggesting PSG prodigy Kylian Mbappe, whose contract expires next year, as another worthy transfer target.
“It was clear in last weekend’s loss to Spurs,” he said. “Despite this, the Premier League champions continued with the Grealish deal while waiting for events to materialize over Kane’s future.
“It will backfire on them if they don’t act within the next fortnight, to secure Kane or a valid alternative.”
“The city had to consider a Plan B in the event that Spurs refused to sell Kane. It would be more interesting to try and sign Kylian Mbappe for over £ 100million a year before his contract at PSG expires, for example.
Carragher blamed the “antipathy” between City boss Pep Guardiola and agent Mino Raiola for their inability to pursue Borussia Dortmund prodigy Erling Haaland with conviction.
He said: “It’s inconceivable that City won’t add at least one new striker to their squad.
“It won’t 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 limitless budget, scrambling to find a attacking in the last two weeks of the transfer window. ‘