Manchester City do not want their pursuit of Harry Kane to drag on into the final days of the transfer window, according to a joint-report from The Telegraph from Mike McGrath and Sam Wallace.
Kane has expressed a desire to leave Tottenham after they finished sixth in the Premier League and saw their wait for a trophy extend to 13 years.
The 27-year-old has scored 221 goals and provided 47 assists in 336 appearances for the club (via Transfermarkt). Last season, he landed both the Golden Boot and the Playmaker Award.
Manchester City have identified him as one of their top targets for the summer after Sergio Aguero left to join Barcelona at the end of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Kane is currently on Euro 2020 duty, which may delay any clarification as to where his future lies. A recent report from the Daily Star suggested that City will table a £100m ‘take it or leave it’ offer for the England captain.
The report from The Telegraph underlines the determination of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to keep hold of Kane, while claiming that City are ‘reluctant’ for their pursuit of the 27-year-old to become a protracted saga. This leaves Kane facing transfer ‘heartbreak’, with a ‘dream move’ potentially blocked.
The window, which opened on 9 June, is set to close at 11pm on 31 August, and intriguingly Tottenham are due to host the Premier League champions on the first weekend of the 2021/22 season.
Levy may take this as a sign that an obstinate stance in the coming weeks could be enough to put City off buying Kane, as the chairman may feel that Pep Guardiola’s side will have a list of alternatives if Spurs simply refuse to play ball.
The concern, though, is how Kane would react to being denied a move. It’s difficult to imagine him going on strike, but he won’t simply be passive in this process. Manchester United could also have a say, if indeed they’re willing to enter into lengthier negotiations.
In other news, Fabio Paratici has identified his next managerial target.
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