Manchester City’s interest in signing Harry Kane is well-documented with the Premier League champions said to be keeping a close watch on him over the major part of last year. In fact, some reports even claim that City had an offer shot down by Spurs in the January transfer window 2021.
Harry Kane is valued at £150 million despite the Englishman wanting an out from the White Hart Lane this summer. Though the 27-year-old did not officially send in a transfer request to Daniel Levy, the fact of the matter remains that Kane is now desperate to win team trophies, something that has not been possible at Spurs.
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Spurs, for understandable reasons, want to keep their prized asset at the club. Kane is tied down with the Lillywhites until 2024 and therefore, the club is in no hurry to part ways with their record goal-scorer.
City had their first official bid worth £100 million shot down by Spurs and it is understood that the Premier League champions will need to get closer to the £150 million mark if they have any hopes of signing him. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not said to be a fan of selling Harry Kane this summer, let alone the idea of selling him to a direct rival.
City have also been linked with Erling Haaland over a potential transfer this summer. Haaland is one of the brighter prospects in Europe and has been valued at £140 million. Despite City’s financial strength, £140 million is too big an ask for the Sky Blues, who are said to be close to completing a record-breaking £100 million transfer for Jack Grealish.
Talking about the chances of City bringing in a high-profile striker this summer, Pep Guardiola remarked that it would be impossible to splash £150 million on a striker, owing to the financial impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"‘At the prices [quoted] we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it,’ Guardiola said.‘All clubs are struggling financially; we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who have been incredible in this position.‘We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.’Source: Metro"
It is highly likely that Gabriel Jesus will be given one last opportunity to prove himself at the Etihad stadium. Ferran Torres looked highly impressive last season and the Spaniard could be in line to embracing a brand new role in the XI.