According to ESPN, Manchester City are prepared to wait until next year if they cannot lure summer’s top target Harry Kane away from Tottenham Hotspur.
It is an open secret that Harry Kane, 27, wants to leave Tottenham this summer after growing frustrated over the last few years due to the club’s ineptitude to win titles and trophies. Plus, no Champions League football for Spurs next season gives the England international another reason to quit his boyhood club.
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However, the 27-year-old striker has three years left at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to let go of his star man this summer, regardless of his wish to now leave.
In terms of the latest developments, ESPN claim there is an acceptance at Manchester City it will be difficult to get the deal over the line with Daniel Levy valuing Kane at more than £150 million.
While the Sky Blues are hopeful that should they fail to land Kane this summer, Daniel Levy and Spurs will be under more pressure to cash him in next year when he’ll have only two years left on his contract, ESPN further state.
Sergio Aguero’s departure on a free transfer to Barcelona has left Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in search of a top-class striker. That potentially leaves someone elite and experienced striker like Kane to come in at the Etihad Stadium and replace Aguero, who remains City’s top scorer with 260 goals.
However, the reigning English champions may opt not to sign a centre-forward this summer if they can’t get Kane, with Guardiola and his coaching staff believing the squad has the quality and depth to cope, the report adds.
This could see Gabriel Jesus, who scored 14 goals across all competitions last term, get chances to stake his claim as the first-choice striker next season.
As for Kane, he remains fully focused on England’s Euro 2020 campaign; however, the striker hasn’t played well and is yet to open his account in the competition.