Tottenham make decision on Harry Kane amid Man City and Manchester United transfer interest
Man City have been the frontrunners to sign Harry Kane this summer but a deal is proving prohibitive in the transfer window.
Tottenham have decided not to sell Harry Kane this summer amid interest from Manchester City.
Kane, 27, outlined his desire for a transfer earlier this year and described City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne as a 'striker's dream', but Spurs are understood to have privately agreed to deny Kane a move before the transfer window closes.
City reportedly submitted a £100million bid for Kane and were furious it was reported in the middle of the European Championship. Sources at both City and Spurs denied an offer was submitted, but third-party sources insisted a bid was made and that the clubs did not want to distract Kane while he was on England duty.
Kane is contracted to Spurs until 2024 and collected the Premier League Golden Boot and Playmaker award last season. The England captain's high stock, as well as the length on his contract and the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, are prohibitive to a deal this summer.
The Manchester Evening News revealed Kane confided in former Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho he intended to leave on the day the club sacked the Portuguese. The MEN also reported in March there was 'no chance' of Kane joining either of the Manchester clubs.
Spurs have an impressive recent track record of denying their marquee players moves and Kyle Walker was only allowed to join City for £53million in 2017 as Mauricio Pochettino had doubts about his conditioning to play two games per week. Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld were all prevented from joining Manchester United in successive summers.
Tottenham will play outside the Champions League for a second season running in 2021-22 and failure to secure qualification again would leave the club with little choice but to cash-in on Kane when he has two years left on his deal next year.
Earlier this week, Tottenham's new managing director of football Fabio Paratici stressed the club's 'goal' was to keep Kane and City coach Pep Guardiola said it is 'impossible' to sign a striker.
“At the prices we are not going to buy any strikers," Guardiola told TV3. "It is impossible, we cannot afford it. It’s impossible.
“All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus], Ferran [Torres] who has been incredible in this position, we have young players in the academy, we play many times with a false nine.
"I don’t know what is going to happen. Maybe we’re going to buy but maybe we’re not going to buy a striker for next season. Today there is more chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season."
The probability of Kane staying at Spurs for another season means it is possible he and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland could be on the market next year - when Haaland's €75million release clause becomes active. Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is also out of contract next year.
United have effectively parked plans to recruit a long-term number nine after Edinson Cavani agreed to have his contract extended by another year and they are expected to move for a striker next year. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and football director John Murtough had mutually agreed on a proposed move for Haaland this summer before Cavani renewed his deal.
Solskjaer refused to rule out a move for a centre forward this summer but United have already invested £72.9m in Jadon Sancho and are unlikely to make any more attacking additions. United are interested in signing a centre-back, a full-back and a central midfielder.
"There aren't many Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes," Solskjaer said in October 2019. "They're like Shearer, Van Nistelrooy - fantastic goalscorers.
"Ours are different types of players but I have to say I like someone who can finish half a chance and [Kane] does that. He's one of the best but he's a Tottenham player."