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Tottenham striker Harry Kane ‘hellbent' on joining Man City in summer transfer

According to the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is ‘hellbent’ on joining Manchester City in the summer transfer window after Pep Guardiola’s side saw a January approach rejected.

Spurs are understood to have issued a firm refusal to the Citizen’s winter approach, which has now set the wheels in motion for Kane to express his intent on leaving north London.

Man City have long admired Kane’s talents and wished to see the 27-year-old line up at the Etihad Stadium, where Guardiola has stated (Guardian) that he is chasing a forward capable of scoring 25 to 30 goals a season with Sergio Aguero leaving after a decade at the club.

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Man City could face competition from rivals Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Kane, but Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is noted to likely favour a deal with the Citizens after losing Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick to the Red Devils in quick succession.

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Tottenham also share a fractured relationship with Chelsea after Levy blocked Luka Modric from joining the Blues in 2011, plus the Stamford Bride side’s later pursuit of Willian (ESPN).

Levy’s preference is such that he is even prepared to listen to offers of £100million to sell Kane to Man City, despite a reported asking price of £150m (Telegraph) for the England captain.

Kane is intent on joining the Citizens, and his preferred destination has been strengthened by his representatives already starting to house hunt in the North West ahead of any potential transfer.

TBR’s view:

Tottenham certainly would appear to have reason to favour a deal with Man City over striking one with Chelsea or Manchester United, but a £50m reduction in asking price would seem overly substantial for a player of Kane’s significant importance in north London.

Kane is also under contract on £200,000-per-week (Spotrac) terms for another three years, meaning Levy is under no distinct pressure to part with a player who heads into the final day of the season sharing the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah after scoring 22 goals.

Man City positioning their interest and sounding out Kane’s situation over the winter is not surprising, though, as Guardiola has long sung the striker’s praises and noted in 2019 via Sky Sports:

“He is an incredible striker, and he has everything; right, left, movements, he keeps the ball and sets up the ball. He is intelligent and when he is in the box, he does everything.”

That’s been proven even more in the years since with Kane also leading the Premier League for assists with 13 in 34 appearances, almost double his previous best of seven set in the 2016/17 season.

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