Harry Kane is reportedly ready to force an exit from Tottenham Hotspur amid speculations linking him to Manchester City.
According to Daily Telegraph, Harry Kane’s transfer saga is about to take an ugly turn as the striker is trying to force through an exit by missing pre-season training. Returning from his extended holiday after participating in the UEFA Euro 2020 final, the forward was expected to appear for coronavirus testing but failed to report.
His actions may lead to a hefty fine, but it appears the England captain is prepared to take the toll as he waits for Manchester City to make an official bid. There is no denying that the English champions are in the driver’s seat in pursuit of the Spurs forward, who believes that he still holds a “gentleman’s agreement” with chairman Daniel Levy.
The situation, though, is a bit precarious for both the parties involved. Manchester City, who are favourites to sign Kane, are also trying to land his England teammate Jack Grealish. The Aston Villa forward did report for pre-season training at the Midlands club, but is expected to arrive in Manchester for a fee of £100 million.
Grealish’s potential arrival could certainly drain Manchester City’s resources. As such, Pep Guardiola may need to rely on player sales to fund a move for Harry Kane this summer. One of the potential candidates to depart the Etihad is Bernardo Silva, who is coincidentally being courted by Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese international has not had a great couple of seasons in the Premier League, falling behind Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan in the pecking order. He could, thus, be keen on uniting with Nuno Espirito Santo as he attempts to build another Portuguese-centric empire – this time at Spurs.
Another likely candidate is Gabriel Jesus, who is a target for Juventus. The Brazilian international’s sale should pave the way for Kane to become Manchester City’s undisputed number nine, especially after Sergio Aguero joined Barcelona earlier in the summer.
Tottenham themselves are perhaps bracing themselves for life without their star player. Although the Lilywhites are currently concentrating on the pursuit of Cristian Romero, they have been linked with a move for players like Dejan Kulusevski and Dusan Vlahovic recently, signaling the club’s desire to sign a long-term successor for Kane.
With everything blurred, it remains to be seen how this transfer saga transpires in the future. But Kane’s decision to not take part in pre-season for Tottenham may serve the beginning of the end for the striker’s hugely successful spell in north London, as he attempts to take the next step in his career in search of a first competitive trophy by joining Manchester City.