Tottenham are reportedly ready to let Harry Kane leave the club with a staggering £160 million move to Manchester City in the offing.
According to an exclusive from The Sun, Harry Kane will be allowed to leave this summer with a huge move to Manchester City on the cards. Tottenham have given up on the idea to persuade the England captain and are ready to talk terms with the Premier League champions over a £160 million transfer.
Harry Kane grabbed headlines during the end of last season when he stressed about leaving Tottenham this summer. The England captain wants to win titles and understands it won’t be possible if he keeps playing for Spurs. Considering his potential price tag, only a handful of clubs are capable of signing the forward.
Manchester United and Manchester City have been firmly in the battle, but Kane seemingly prefers a move to the Etihad. Pep Guardiola has a talented and expensive squad at their disposal, and the addition of the 27-year-old striker will make them a formidable force for next season, domestically and in Europe.
Tottenham have been carefully threading over the issue and so far dodged any possibility of the striker leaving North London. The club have been adamant over keeping hold of Kane and stated he would stay on for next season. However, there seems to be a U-turn in their actions, and they are now ready to make the sale.
Manchester City have already seen a massive £100 million-plus-player offer rejected by Spurs. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had slapped a £150 million price tag on his prized asset, which has gone up to £160 million now. In addition, Levy was not interested in City players and wanted a full cash deal.
Levy has developed a reputation of playing hardball with clubs for his players. The protracted transfers of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to Real Madrid in the past are a testament to his hard negotiation style. However, the Tottenham chairman is resigned to losing Kane this summer and is ready to sit across from Manchester City to negotiate.
The report from The Sun also suggests Kane has shaken hands over a contract that will earn him £400,000-a-week in wages over four or five years. With personal terms seemingly agreed, Manchester City now have to negotiate on the price, which, if accurate, will smash the British record by almost double.
Manchester City understandably have the finances at their disposal, but £160 million seems too far fetched. Guardiola’s club will look to negotiate and bring the price to a reasonable number. The Premier League champions are also chasing £100 million rated Jack Grealish.
Spurs could have gone down on their initial £150 million demands, but Kane’s brilliant showing at UEFA Euro 2020 has enabled them to increase their demands. Kane will be a great addition to an already sharp Manchester City side. However, it remains to be seen if the Premier League champions can pay up such a huge fee for a 27-year-old striker.
Kane was also of interest to Spanish sides, but his quest to overtake Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League record means his preference lies in stating England. Whether a deal with Manchester City will be swift or not could be clearer in the coming days as both clubs will reportedly begin negotiations.