Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is determined not to be forced into selling Harry Kane to Manchester City during the final week of the transfer window.
City are expected to make one more effort to sign Kane before the window shuts at 11pm next Tuesday, but Levy will not drop his valuation or bow to any pressure over the striker’s future.
Sources believe Levy could even refuse a bid that gets close to £150 million (€175m) for Kane, despite the figure previously being quoted as his asking price for the 28-year-old, with time running out to find a replacement.
Should City fail to change Levy’s mind or make an offer that is too good to turn down, then the Premier League champions will be faced with the choice of not signing a striker or considering an alternative.
Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, who was a target of Tottenham, is believed to have been considered by City. But Kane remains the club’s
number-one target, despite the fact the England captain has now returned to training with the Tottenham squad and made his first appearance of the season for the club as a substitute against Wolves.
Kane appeared to reaffirm his commitment to Spurs while he is at the club by posting a message on Twitter that read, “Brilliant battling win” after the victory over Wolves.
With three years remaining on the six-year deal he signed in 2018, Kane will be in a better position to try to leave Tottenham next summer if he does not move to City this year.
But there are fears that City could switch their attention to Erling Haaland next summer and that, aged 29 next year, Kane could have missed out on his big move.
Levy has faced criticism from outside Tottenham for refusing to negotiate over Kane, but City are yet to have got anywhere near to testing his resolve and the nature of a so-called gentlemen’s agreement between the pair has been disputed.
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