How Man City could line up with £260m Kane and Grealish

Martin Macdonald
Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, Euro 2020 final

Manchester City are reportedly set to sanction the purchases of Harry Kane from Tottenham and Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer.

Pep Guardiola's side won the Premier League last season in relative comfort, but they still came up short in the pursuit of that elusive first Champions League victory after losing to Chelsea.

The former Barcelona boss is keen to inject further quality to his squad in the final third.

Following the departure of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona, Man City are light in the centre-forward department, with Kane emerging as the club's number one target. The English international won the Golden Boot last season and informed Tottenham before the European Championship of his desire to leave.

Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola

Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola

Grealish, meanwhile, was again one of the Premier League's most exciting players last season even though he missed plenty of action through injury.

Manchester United were previously linked with both of these players, but any talk of a move to Old Trafford for either of them has declined recetly.

Should these major transfers be completed, where would they fit in among the stars at the Etihad?

Man City line up with Kane and Grealish

Manchester City XI with Kane and Grealish

Manchester City XI with Kane and Grealish

Kane will likely cost Man City £160 million while Grealish will reportedly be allowed to leave Villa for £100m.

With such an outlay, the pair will start more games than not, especially Kane.

Even though Guardiola is happy to play without a striker, and did so on numerous occasions last season even when Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were available, Kane will be a sure-fire starter for basically every game.

Man City are, of course, blessed with an abundance of talent in attack.

Grealish naturally features either on the left of a three behind the striker, or behind the striker in the number 10 role.

It is unlikely the England international will be deployed on the right, so it is Phil Foden who may need to be moved around slightly if Guardiola wants to accommodate both. Foden has played behind the striker and as a False 9 previously.

Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola

Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola

Should Guardiola deploy a 4-3-3 he will have Grealish, Foden, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez all fighting for the two inverted winger spots.

A move to a 4-2-3-1 is always possible, too, and if that happens, it could be Ilkay Gundogan who is sacrificed in midfield, with Rodri partnering Kevin De Bruyne.

Torres was signed for a fairly nominal £20.8m [€23m] last summer, and although he has displayed moments of real quality, he hasn’t, as of yet, plugged the gap left by Leroy Sane.

Silva can feature in any position behind the centre-forward and can also be used as a deeper role to the right in a midfield three.

Perhaps the most interesting factor in the acquisition of Grealish, in terms of other personnel. is what it means for Foden.

The 20-year-old has broken into the senior team under Guardiola. And the former Barca and Bayern manager now seems to fully trust the young midfielder with even the biggest of occasions.

Any elite side, of course, requires a large squad with plenty of rotation.