Manchester City's pursuit of Tottenham megastar Harry Kane will probably be the main story of the summer transfer window, but it is well known that Spurs are not interested in selling him to Premier League rivals. Therefore, the Citizens may turn their attention to other alternatives, such as Antoine Griezmann.
Pep Guardiola has handled without an outright striker last season, with Sergio Aguero heading to the final months at the Etihad and Gabriel Jesus more often outside than inside the pitch. However, the UEFA Champions League final loss proved the need to land a dependable No. 9.
Harry Kane, who may want to leave North London soon, seems to be a priority candidate to fill that spot, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unwilling to sell him. If their hunt for the England international fails, the Sky Blues would have these three players on their radar.
Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona)
The Frenchman's spell with Barcelona hasn't turned out as expected so far. The Blaugrana have made an enormous effort to sign the former Atletico Madrid superstar, but Griezmann couldn't perform at his best after two seasons. According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Manchester City consider him as an alternative to Kane.
However, he would fit in Pep Guardiola's system, being a forward capable of dropping back and playing as a false nine. Besides, this move would benefit all the parties involved, as Griezmann could have a new opportunity in a top club, with Barcelona raising funds during a delicate financial situation.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)
The Belgian striker is understood to be another alternative to Kane for the Citizens. Romelu Lukaku, 28, is reportedly comfortable at Inter, with whom he won the Serie A title last season, but the club's need to sell this summer could open the doors for him to chase a new challenge.
He has been linked with a possible return to the Premier League, including interest from one of his former clubs, Chelsea, but Manchester City would also monitor his situation. Lukaku's goalscoring record speaks for itself (30 goals in 44 games in 2020/21), and he also makes a great duo with Kevin De Bruyne in Belgium. If negotiations with Spurs break down, the Citizens might turn their attention to the former Manchester United striker.
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
At this point, it is no secret that Erling Haaland is one of the most wanted men in European soccer. The Norwegian sensation has been a complete standout since joining Borussia Dortmund and has an even brighter future ahead of him.
Therefore, several teams have set their sights on him, but Dortmund's demands made Haaland an unaffordable target. However, if their priority target Harry Kane doesn't arrive, Manchester City could make one more attempt to sign the 20-year-old star for a more reasonable price.