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Alan Shearer agrees with Trevor Sinclair over Manchester City’s summer transfer priority

BBC television pundit Alan Shearer holds the microphone during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool FC at New Meadow on January 26, 2020 in Shrewsbury, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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Alan Shearer and Trevor Sinclair have agreed over Manchester City’s transfer priority this summer. Pep Guardiola has been forced to work without a striker for parts of this season due to injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Speaking to talkSPORT, Sinclair identified Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as two players to go after.

I think Erling Haaland is the obvious one,” he said. “I doubt Man City will be interested in Kane, not because he’s not a top-quality striker and a world-class striker, but for his injury problems and possibly his age.

“For me, a player that a lot of people aren’t talking about is Kylian Mbappe. The relationship between Abu Dhabi and Qatar is strained at best but he’s in the last six months of his contract (before he has under a year left) and if you’re talking about the top strikers in the world at the moment, Mbappe comes into every conversation.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Mbappe, on the sly, nothing’s being said about it, but he’s someone Man City look at. Man City usually keep their cards close to their chest because we all think they’re going to go for someone like Koulibaly, and then all of a sudden, Dias comes in and he’s been a world-beater. Keep their cards close to their chest, nothing’s been said about Mbappe and I’ve just got a sneaky feeling he might be top of the list.”

Shearer said that he did not expect Spurs to let Harry Kane go, but that Haaland and Mbappe were possible targets.

Well there are two or three that I am sure could do a job,” he said. “One would be Kane, the other one would be Mbappe and the other one would be Haaland, but that is easier said than done getting one of those players into your football club.

“I’m not talking about trying to get Harry Kane to leave Tottenham because we all know what he feels about that football club, but he is an outstanding forward.

“You know, any half-decent centre forward in that Man City team would and should score 30 plus goals a season – that’s league goals – not just any goals. With the chances that they create and the balls that they put into the box, with those players in that team, with De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, all these players in there. I think a half-decent centre forward should get 30 goals.”


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