Pep Guardiola says Manchester City may not be able to bring in a replacement for their striker Sergio Aguero.
City confirmed on Monday that the record holder for their top scorer will end his decade at the Etihad Stadium when his contract expires in June.
Aguero has won four English Premier League (EPL) titles, one FA Cup and five EFL Cups during that period and could help City add to their collection in the hunt for four titles this season, including in the Champions League (UCL).
City are rumored to be spending big to bring in new strikers at the end of the season with big names such as Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane also linked to be on their radar.
However, Guardiola insisted that the EPL leaders could not afford to complete a transfer of that size as they were also financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“At a price like this, we will not buy any strikers. It is very impossible, we cannot afford to do that,” the Catalan manager told a news conference.
“All clubs are struggling financially, we are no exception.
“We have Gabriel (Jesus), Ferran (Torres) and a young player from the academy, a shadow number nine player. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“Today, it is more likely that we will not be signing a new striker for next season,” he said.