According to a report by Gianluca Di Marzio, writing for Grand Hotel Calciomercato, Manchester City are willing to offer Tottenham Hotspur the chance to sign Aymeric Laporte in a two-player-plus-cash swap deal for Harry Kane.
The Lowdown: Kane exit saga…
Ever since Sky Sports broke news of Kane’s desire to leave north London this summer, there have been no shortage of rumours linking clubs to swap deals for the star striker.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it is highly unlikely clubs can afford to match chairman Daniel Levy’s asking price – which some reports suggest could go as high as around the £200 million mark.
Therefore, swap deals have been touted as a possible route around Levy’s lofty demands.
The Latest: Spurs offered Laporte
According to journalist Di Marzio, writing for his website, suitors Man City are now willing to offer Laporte as well as striker Gabriel Jesus plus cash for Kane.
However, it is said that the chairman is standing firm and won’t budge despite Tottenham’s alleged aim to shore up a weakened defence this summer (Alasdair Gold).
It is said that Levy remains ‘not convinced’ by the offer while incoming sporting director Fabio Paratici’s first task is to keep Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Chelsea are also said to be ‘very insistent’ on signing Kane but Paratici aims to hold firm.
The Verdict: Tempting…
We believe City offering Spurs a chance to sign Laporte should come as tempting given centre-half has been the subject of much debate over this last year.
In that respect, there are few players who could come as more tempting than Laporte.
He has fallen behind Ruben Dias and John Stones in the Man City pecking order this season but the 27-year-old has earned no shortage of praise from manager Pep Guardiola.
These accolades perhaps point towards a tempting player offer, especially with Jesus plus cash, but you can also understand Levy’s firm stance on Kane given just how important he is for Spurs.
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