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City in pole position as Kane exit strategy looks likely to spark €175m bidding war


Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in action against Joao Moutinho of Wolves. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in action against Joao Moutinho of Wolves. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in action against Joao Moutinho of Wolves. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Reuters

Harry Kane has told Tottenham Hotspur that he wants to leave the club this summer and ideally stay in the Premier League, sparking interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

And Kane is hoping that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will grant him his wish after the striker agreed to give his boyhood club another season to try to win a trophy at the end of the last campaign.

Kane first discussed his future with Tottenham last summer, but eventually agreed to try to help the club end their long run without silverware. But, following another trophy-less campaign and the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Kane has reiterated his desire to move on in the past month and is unlikely to be dissuaded from his position.

City, United and Chelsea have all made it clear they would be interested in signing Kane this summer and want to be kept in touch with any developments. It now remains to be seen whether or not, in Kane’s eyes at least, Levy remains true to his word and listens to offers for the England captain, who he values at £150 million (€175m).

Kane has not handed in a transfer request and it is currently unclear whether or not he would be prepared to do so if Levy attempted to hold him against his will. The news of Kane’s desire to leave has come as a huge blow to Spurs at a time when they are without a permanent manager and following a weekend in which fans protested against Levy.

And Tottenham’s stance last night was that the club remain focused on finishing the season as strongly as possible and that they expect their management and playing staff to do the same.

Kane still has three years remaining on the contract he signed in 2018 which puts Tottenham in a strong negotiating position, and it is hard to see Levy agreeing to sell him to Chelsea in particular.

Levy famously refused to sell Luka Modric to Chelsea and relations between the two London rivals have not been strong for a long time, with Chelsea also stealing Willian from under the noses of Spurs.

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That may hand City an advantage with Pep Guardiola wanting to sign a new striker this summer and Kane appearing ready-made to walk into the Spaniard’s team.

Guardiola is a big admirer of Kane and a move to City would pretty much provide a guarantee of the forward achieving his dream and winning some of the biggest trophies. City and Chelsea have both also shown an interest in Erling Haaland, who Borussia Dortmud insist will not be sold this summer, and the German club have qualified for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United recently agreed a contract extension with Edinson Cavani, but the opportunity to try to sign one of the world’s best strikers may prove too tempting to turn down.

With United qualified for next season’s Champions League and in the Europa League final, Kane could see Old Trafford as an attractive destination, particularly if his was the signing to transform them into Premier League title challengers.

Were Levy forced to reluctantly allow Kane to leave Tottenham then he would undoubtedly prefer to sell him overseas and Paris Saint-Germain hold a long-standing interest in the player.

Mauricio Pochettino also remains close to Kane, following their time together at Spurs, but PSG’s priority is currently to extend Kylian Mbappe’s contract and they may need to sell Mauro Icardi in order to make a big-money move for a new striker.

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