Manchester City are said to be ‘willing to go as high as £120m’ for wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane, as the player’s transfer saga rumbles on.
The 27-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign on an individual note last term, finishing top of the Premier League charts for both goals and assists, though was unable to prevent Spurs from finishing in a disappointing seventh-spot to once again miss out on Champions League football.
Towards the conclusion of the campaign, Kane sparked speculation over his future by informing the club that he was keen on a switch elsewhere, in order to finally secure a first piece of major silverware, with those rumours continuing amid his impressive displays in the knockout stages at Euro 2020.
The England captain has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in recent months, although suggestions that an agreement has been reached between the champions and Spurs over a £160m deal are seemingly wide of the mark.
Those somewhat ridiculous claims were unsurprisingly swiftly branded ‘nonsense’ by those at Manchester City, with both parties said to be ‘surprised’ over the claims that such a deal is close.
That being said, the Star are now reporting that City are ‘willing to spend up to £120m’ to prize the disillusioned striker from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, with owner Daniel Levy said to have ‘accepted defeat’ regarding convincing Kane to stay.
Having already seen a £100m bid turned down, it’s not too far a stretch to believe that Pep Guardiola’s side could increase their offer slightly, although it would seem that club won’t be held to ransom by Levy and will not fork out the £160m that was ludicrously reported.
The player is seemingly the club’s top target to replace the departed Sergio Aguero, the deal likely to be funded by the sale of current first-team stars Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva.
However, despite recent reports, with Kane still having three years to run on his existing deal and with Levy a notoriously tricky man to do business with, it is not out of the question that the forward could remain where he is next season.
Spurs’ first game of the new season sees them take on no other than Manchester City, and it seems unlikely that Levy will sanction a deal before that opening fixture, the window remaining open until the end of August.