Harry Kane ‘will not back down’ over a transfer request with Manchester City emerging as the early frontrunners in the race to sign the Tottenham striker.
Kane is understood to have requested to leave the north London side at the end of the season, the forward believing he must leave Spurs in a bid to realise his ambitions of winning the silverware that has eluded him in his career to date.
The 27-year-old’s stance has already alerted several of Europe’s leading clubs, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona all linked with a move for the Premier League’s leading scorer.
Spurs are reluctant to lose their leading name and will demand a fee of around £150m from interested suitors, and the Daily Mail are reporting that Man City have emerged as the early favourites to land Kane’s signature.
City are long-term admirers of the player and have the finances to secure a deal, as the newly-crowned Premier League champions seek a replacement for the outgoing Sergio Aguero.
Manchester United have also been linked despite Edinson Cavani’s contract extension and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule out the signing a new striker this summer.
“No, of course I can’t [rule out signing a striker],” Solskjaer said at his post match press conference on Tuesday evening.
“Yeah Edi [Cavani] signed but how many good strikers have we had at this club? And I can’t say we’re not signing a striker, of course not because we’re building towards a better squad.
“We’re top three two years on the bounce but we’re still nowhere near where we want to be. Hopefully we’ll end up with a stronger squad at the start of next season and be more consistent and challenge the ones in front of us.”
City boss Pep Guardiola was less open when discussing the prospect of Kane moving to Manchester however, respectfully declining to comment on the future of the England captain.
“Next question please. He’s a Tottenham Hotspur player.”