Manchester City are said to be ‘willing to wait’ 12 months to sign a striker if the club are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Tottenham forward Harry Kane this summer.
Pep Guardiola’s side are interested in signing Kane this summer, with the Premier League champions understood to have tabled an opening offer to the north London side.
Kane has informed the Spurs’ hierarchy of his desire to leave in search of elusive silverware, with City, Manchester United and Chelsea all credited with an interest in signing the England captain.
City have emerged as front runners and their opening bid is believed to be worth around £100m, whilst the club are also open to player plus cash deals should Spurs be interested in any potential makeweights from the Etihad.
Spurs have insisted that Kane – who has three years remaining on his current contract – is not for sale, and ESPN are reporting that City are prepared to be patient in their pursuit of a new centre-forward.
City are keen to sign a new striker following the free transfer departure of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona, though will wait 12 months for the right player should Spurs not alter their stance on Kane.
Waiting a further season would up the pressure on Spurs to sell Kane as his value drops, whilst it also opens up the possibility of a move for Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.
Haaland has been courted by every major European club following an explosive emergence on the world scene over the past two seasons, with the Norway international possessing a release clause of €75m that will become active in 2022.
City could join the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the race for the 20-year-old, though their patient approach could be a way of persuading Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to lower his demands for Kane this summer.
City face Spurs on the opening day of the season.