Manchester City are said to still be ‘confident’ in their pursuit of wantaway striker Harry Kane, as they hope the Tottenham Hotspur man can ‘force’ through a transfer.
Barring the shock departure of Lionel Messi from Barcelona this week, the future of Harry Kane looks set to be this summer’s most high profile transfer saga, the expectation that any possible deal could go right down to the wire with just a few weeks left in the summer transfer window.
Having hinted that he was keen for pastures new towards the end of last season, the England skipper appeared to rubber stamp that desire after reportedly refusing to return to pre-season training as planned on Monday.
While the 28-year-old has since issued a statement suggesting that no such refusal took place, his future at Spurs remains very much up in the air, with Manchester City still keen to secure their top target this summer, having already broken the English transfer record to secure Jack Grealish in a £100m deal.
A similar bid is said to have been lodged for Kane, although owner Daniel Levy is likely to be holding out for around £150m, the player still having three years to run on the lengthy deal he signed back in 2018.
Although negotiations currently appear to be at something of a stalemate, the Mirror are reporting that City remain ‘confident’ that a deal can still be struck, as they hope the striker can ‘force’ a transfer.
The report suggests that City are hoping Kane can convince Levy to allow him to leave and to lower his current asking price, as they step up their hunt for a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Manager Pep Guardiola has made the bold step to publicly confirm the club’s interest in the Spurs talisman, the former Barcelona boss labelling him as an ‘extraordinary striker’ and insisting that any deal ‘depends on Tottenham’.
Recent reports have suggested that wantaway midfielder Bernardo Silva could be included as part of the deal, although should that fail and Spurs fail to lower their valuation, City would be prepared to walk away from the deal.
As for Kane he has now returned to the training ground where he will undertake 5 days of isolation, with his delayed return to pre-season set to see him miss the north London club’s opening Premier League fixture against potential new club, City.