Kane faces repercussions of 'costly' decision
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Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has predicted that Harry Kane’s transfer saga could come to a dramatic end on deadline day, much as his own saga did when he moved to Man Utd in 2008. The England captain has failed to report back for pre-season training amid strong links to Man City.
Kane has missed multiple days of training this week in order to force through a move away from the club.
The 28-year-old expressed his desire to leave north London earlier this summer in order to go in search of trophies.
However, chairman Daniel Levy has opted to make life difficult for the Spurs talisman by pinning him with an extortionate £150million price-tag.
Until now, that has done the trick of warding off a concrete move from City, however Kane’s drastic action could yet force Levy to rethink.
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Berbatov, who was fantastic for Spurs between 2006 and 2008, told Betfair: “I am not convinced that the deal is going to happen until the near end of the transfer window.
“I expect it will be left until the last possible moment. Having been through that in 2008, I don’t want it to be that way and I would like it if the deal to happen as soon as possible.
“On deadline day 2008, I was still in London and my agent went to meet Levy.
“I was so mentally exhausted from everything going on that I needed to sleep in the afternoon from all the emotion.
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“Whilst I was taking a nap I dreamt I flew to Manchester then made my debut for United.
“I woke up with my agent calling. He said: ‘Wake up and get ready, we’re going on a plane to Manchester.’
“We got on the plane, I signed the contract with minutes to spare before the deadline and the rest is history.”
If Kane is to leave, Spurs will undoubtedly hope that the move does not follow the same pattern as Berbatov’s as it would leave them with minimal time to find a replacement.
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Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina has been linked with a £40m move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, although they will face stiff competition for the Serbian who scored 21 Serie A goals last season.
At present, City have other matters to deal with as they attempt to finalise a deal to bring in Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
Despite smashing the British transfer record, Grealish’s £100m fee will supposedly not stand in the way of City’s interest in Kane.
Bad news for Spurs no doubt, but not as bad as it would be if the move failed to materialised until deadline day.
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