MANCHESTER CITY need to get rid of just ONE star to fund a sensational double swoop for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
And Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva looks set to be the one sacrificed as boss Pep Guardiola freshens up his Premier League champions.
SE reveals today that England skipper Kane, 27, is poised for a British record £160million move after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy agreed to let him leave.
The Etihad giants know it will cost upwards of £225m to land Kane and Aston Villa’s Grealish, with the Spurs man set to earn an eye-watering £400,000-a-week at his new club.
But there will be no fire sale needed from Guardiola’s squad to raise the cash.
And striker Gabriel Jesus has been told he is staying, for now at least, despite Juventus interest.
City already had £45m burning a hole in their pocket from the sale of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich last year.
In addition, a steady stream of cash has come in this summer for fringe players like Lukas Nmecha, Jack Harrison and Angelino.
They are also due an £11m windfall from their former youth team winger Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United.
So that’s almost £50m, with more to follow from the departures of Patrick Roberts, Yangel Herrera and Pedro Porro.
And they could rake in an extra £12m from the sale of Serbian midfielder Ivan Ilic.
Despite that, if City are to sign Kane AND Grealish, one big name star will have to go to balance the books.
Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Jesus have all been linked with moves, but Bernardo seems most likely to make way.
The former Monaco man has expressed a desire to play in Spain and thought a move would happen last summer.
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The 26-year-old joined City for £43m in 2017 and has been linked to Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in recent years.
City have no interest in Portugal international full-back Nuno Mendes, despite numerous reports in his homeland.
Etihad sources say Guardiola is happy with his options in defence and has no desire to sign the Sporting Lisbon man.
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