Manchester City remain interested in signing Harry Kane and are prepared to pay £127 million for the England captain if Tottenham are willing to negotiate.
According to The Guardian, Manchester City remain hopeful of signing Harry Kane before the transfer deadline, although it depends on Tottenham’s wish to negotiate. The Premier League champions are prepared to pay £127 million for the England captain, although Spurs might want more.
The Harry Kane saga is set to drag further and possibly to deadline day. After two weeks of drama on all fronts, Manchester City may have indicated their willingness to do business, although they hope Spurs are ready to negotiate a deal. The striker is due to be back in training this week after failing to report last week.
After having taken a three-week vacation following the Euros, the striker failed to report last Monday, leading to various kinds of speculations, only for it to emerge that he has since been in quarantine after returning from his holiday.
Knowing Manchester City hold a significant interest in signing him, Kane asked to move clubs at the end of last season. How the situation transpired seems to have angered chairman Daniel Levy, who is adamant about keeping Kane as he considers him the club’s most important player.
In the meantime, Levy also rejected a £100 million offer from the Premier League champions that included a choice of players in return for Kane. TheSpurs’ chairman reportedly is seeking £150 million or more for the striker, and City, with all their might, are showing a reluctance to meet the asking price.
However, now Pep Guardiola’s club are ready to make a deal and prepared to pay around £127 million for the striker, but suspect Tottenham might demand more. Such a deal, if brokered, will break the British transfer record set by Manchester City themselves a week ago when they signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100 million.
Another important concern for City is Tottenham’s willingness to discuss the deal, something they have been reluctant about so far. Guardiola’s recent comments confirmed City’s interest in Kane and indicated a stubbornness on Spurs’ side over this transfer. “If Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it’s finished,” the manager said. “If they are open to negotiate, I think not just Man City but many clubs in the world want to try to sign him.”
Meanwhile, there might be indications that Tottenham are planning for the scenario of Kane leaving; the club are looking for prolific goalscorers across Europe. Lautaro Martinez and Dusan Vlahovic from Serie A are being linked as prospective replacements.
From afar, things look bleak as Spurs would want their asking price at all costs. City, despite their keen interest to bring Kane over, may be forced to pay the £150 million fee or call off the deal altogether. In any case, the saga looks set to drag on till the final day of the transfer window.