Report: Man City 'reluctant to fight' for PL star; don't want to deal with 'sport's toughest' dealer
Manchester City are reportedly unwilling to be drawn into a lengthy process with Tottenham over the signing of Harry Kane.
According to the Telegraph, the Premier League champions view the England captain as a long-term successor for Sergio Aguero. However, City are ‘reluctant to fight’ until the end of the window for Kane’s signature.
As per the report, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will deny Kane a summer transfer this year despite the 27-year-old striker stating his intention to leave as reported by Sky Sports News.
Levy will be difficult to work with
Levy is regarded as one of the hardest people in football to negotiate with, with the Standard labelling the Spurs owner as ‘sport’s toughest negotiator’. During his reign at Tottenham, the likes of a Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have been sold for huge fees.
City are just one of a few clubs that have the financial power to sign Kane this summer.
The England star could be sold for a Premier League fee if he leaves this summer. The striker last season won both the Golden Boot and Playmaker award in the English top-flight.
Although Kane was one of the Premier League’s star players last season, his form has not translated well into Euro 2020. The attacker is yet to even register a shot on target for the Three Lions, with his performances against Croatia and Scotland drawing criticism from fans.
Manchester City are taking the high ground over Kane
There’s no doubt that Kane would be an excellent addition to City this summer. However, the Manchester giants are taking the right stance in refusing to do battle with Levy over the England captain.
The Tottenham chairman is one of the hardest people in football to negotiate with, and City recognising that they will be fighting a losing battle gives the club a chance to identify new targets who could be more realistic to sign this summer than Kane.
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