Pep Guardiola has quashed any talk of Manchester City making a last-ditch move for a new striker despite failing to secure the signature of Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo
A brace from Ferran Torres, along with strikes from Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Rodri were enough to bolster City’s goal difference, which now sits on nine after last weekend’s 5-0 victory over newly-promoted Norwich.
One could be forgiven for wondering why City are so keen to add another striker to their ranks while goal-scoring appears to come so naturally to their star-studded midfield, but Guardiola seems to have finally given up on any hope of a last-ditch move for a striker.
When asked if he thought City would make further additions before the window closes on Tuesday night, the City boss said: “I don’t think so.”
Read more on Man City’s failed attempts to add a proven goal-scorer in Mirror Sport’s City transfer round-up for Monday, August 30.
Borussia Dortmund stand firm on Haaland
Despite lingering interest from both Manchester clubs, Borussia Dortmund have indicated they have no intention of selling star striker Erling Haaland this summer.
The Norwegian international has started the 2021/22 season in trademark fashion, bagging six goals in five appearances and has also been touted with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Man City are thought to be keen on securing Haaland’s signature after failing in their pursuit of Spurs star Harry Kane, but Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has quashed any talk of Haaland leaving in the next two days.
“We are a football club, not a bank! Our position is very clear and did not change,” Zorc told Kicker.
“I assume that we will now be confronted with wild rumours for another two days.
“Our position is clear, I don’t need to play the parrot all the time.”
Dusan Vlahovic also staying put
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Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic is another name on Man City’s striker-shortlist, but they could be chasing a lost cause given the player himself has confirmed his future.
“I’ve received top proposals this summer, really big also for the club but I was never pushing to leave,” he said during post-match media obligations with Sky Sport and DAZN.
“I wanted to stay at Fiorentina… and I’m staying, yes. I think I am on the right path, but I need to work hard with humility and determination.
“There will be highs and lows, but I will give my all for myself, the club, the city and the coach.”
Vlahovic has caught the eye of a number of top sides, including City’s Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur – who saw him as an option if Kane was to depart for the Etihad.
The 21-year-old Serbia international scored 21 league goals last season, only outscored by Cristiano Ronaldo (29), Romelu Lukaku (24) and Atalanta’s Luis Muriel (22).
Ferran Torres groomed for striking role
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Given City are expected to fail to sign a new striker, Guardiola is set to mould Ferran Torres into the role after comparing him to Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy.
Following Torres’ brace against Arsenal, Guardiola told reporters: “In this position, he makes movements like the best strikers in behind, like Jamie Vardy.
“He is a good finisher, he is so young. Manchester City made an incredible job buying him.”
Torres finished last season strong, bagging a hat-trick against Newcastle in one of City’s final games of the campaign.
In the absence of someone of Kane or Haaland’s stature, the Etihad faithful will need Torres to keep his purple patch going for as long as possible.