Manchester City are pushing their bid to sign Harry Kane, though Tottenham continue to deny their willingness to listen to offers for the striker, sources told ESPN.
City have just over two weeks to finalize the deal before the August 31 transfer window closes and there are plans to test Spurs’ determination to keep the English captain.
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Tottenham values Kane, who has three years left on the contract, at more than £ 150million. Although City has privately suggested not meeting the price, sources have told ESPN that they are ready to break the UK transfer record a second time this summer after paying £ 100m to win Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish commit.
You could pay up to $ 120 million for Kane
City believes they can raise more than £ 50million in the departure of fringe players including 19-year-old winger Morgan Rogers and still expects an established first-team member to leave.
Internal talks at Etihad Stadium have raised the possibility of including players in an agreement for Kane, but the club have not been given any indication that Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy or Aymeric Laporte would agree to join Tottenham.
Sources have told ESPN that Silva is ready to leave but would prefer to move to Spain, closer to his family in Portugal.
City bosses still believe they can land Kane this summer, but sources have told ESPN that Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff are not as confident and are already facing the prospect of spending an entire season with Jesus as the club’s only approved senior center to play. forward.
At Etihad, there is a growing feeling that the saga will not be resolved by the deadline. Guardiola watched his team kick off their Premier League season on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to Tottenham – who didn’t include Kane in the squad.
Sources have told ESPN that City are interested in Tottenham making their own advances in the transfer market this week in hopes that it could mitigate the blow of a possible loss to Kane.
Spurs have signed Bryan Gil, Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini so far this summer and remain interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Villarreal defender Pau Torres.
Kane could make his first appearance of the season for Spurs after joining the squad for the Europa Conference League game in Portugal on Thursday.