Pep Guardiola drops Man City transfer hint amid Harry Kane interest

Pep Guardiola has hinted there could be some significant outgoings at Manchester City this summer amidst speculation linking Harry Kane with a transfer to the Etihad.

Tottenham's talisman has set tongues wagging after reports emerged he had told his current club he wants to leave at the end of the season.

City are now the frontrunners to land the 27-year-old's signature ahead of rivals Man Utd and Chelsea.

There already appears to be a gap for Kane in City's squad with Sergio Aguero poised to move on when his contract expires in June, and Guardiola has now possibly opened the door to further departures.

“There are players that accept one typical situation in the team and there are other ones that don’t accept it,” Guardiola said, via the Daily Mail.

“When they don’t accept sometimes not playing, you can sustain that for one season – a short period – but not for a long period. It’s impossible.

“In that position, we have to change. We’ll see at the end of the season. We’ll talk with them and we’ll be clear, they’ll be clear, and we’ll decide the best for the players.”

Of the players in City's squad, defender Aymeric Laporte has seen the biggest change in his circumstances at the club this season, going from regular starting centre-back to third choice.

Raheem Sterling has also found himself on the bench towards the back end of this season as Phil Foden has forced his way into Guardiola's XI and seems set to stay there.

But it's Aguero's absence in particular which looks to be paving the way for Kane's arrival, as City will be left with Gabriel Jesus as their only recognised central striker.

Guardiola has done pretty well without a striker for much of this season, often playing various forwards and midfielders in the 'False 9' position, but it's difficult to conceive he would go into a fresh campaign without replacing City's all-time leading goalscorer.

He has suggested Ferran Torres could fill the role going forward after the Spaniard netted a hat-trick against Newcastle on Friday.

But with a player like Kane on the market, it would be difficult for Guardiola to turn down the chance to land a proven talent and one who would almost guarantee firing City to further trophies.

Signing Kane would of course not come cheap, with Tottenham owner Daniel Levy expected to drive a hard sale, but offloading any unhappy City players would further boost Guardiola's transfer kitty at a club with a wealth of riches already at their disposal.

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