Man City identify Mikel Oyarzabal as Harry Kane alternative with club keen on signing
Manchester City are set to turn their attention away from Harry Kane next summer and instead pursue Spaniard Mikel Oyarzabal.
In one of the longest transfer sagas of the summer, the Cityzens failed to convince Tottenham Hotspur to sell their star man, Harry Kane.
Spurs chairman slapped a £160million price tag on the England captain but, after signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100million, City were unable to match that amount.
They are thought to have offered the Lilywhites several different deals, including several of their fringe players to compensate for the missing funds, but none took the interest of Levy and thus Kane remained in north London.
Although they only have one proven striker on their books, Gabriel Jesus, after the departure of Sergio Aguero, City boss Pep Guardiola is keen on bringing in another winger that is capable of playing as a makeshift centre forward, Real Sociedad’s Oyarzabal.
According to Eurosport, the 24-year-old is one of City’s main targets now and they are closely monitoring his progress in the La Liga this season.
City director Txiki Begiristain is thought to be a big admirer of Oyarzabal and believes that he will be able to slot into last season’s title-winning team well.
What will be music to the ears of Guardiola is that the Sociedad playmaker, who has scored four goals in four appearances so far this season, has a release clause in his contract – unlike Kane.
If the former Barcelona and Bayern manager decides to go ahead with the move, most probably after the departure of wantaway winger Bernardo Silva, then he can give the green light for the club to meet the £67million clause and begin talks with the Spanish international.
Since coming through the academy at Sociedad, Oyarzabal has scored 68 and assisted 45 in 243 league appearances, often playing on the left wing but capable of filling in anywhere across the frontline.
Although seeing the club he pushed for a move to over the summer move on, Kane may be thrown a lifeline at Spurs if he is willing to hold contract talks with the club.
The 28-year-old is reportedly prepared to put pen to paper at his boyhood club and sign an extension, so long as he has a release clause placed in his contract so that interested, and wealthy, clubs know what they will need to cough up to sign the striker.
Although Levy is unlikely to be fond of the idea, it does give the businessman the opportunity to keep one of his prized assets happy for the foreseeable future.