Harry Kane: Striker's stats as he's linked with summer move
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With the new season fast approaching, Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is reportedly ‘more determined than ever’ to keep Harry Kane at the club. The star striker made his ambition to depart clear earlier in the window, with Manchester City the frontrunners to sign him.
Kane enjoyed another stunning individual campaign last season, finishing as both the Premier League’s top scorer and top assist provider.
But his efforts were not matched by the wider team, with Spurs finishing a lowly seventh and failing to win a trophy for another year.
That led to the England captain demanding a summer exit from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he searches for the first piece of silverware of his career.
City have long emerged as the clear frontrunners among Premier League teams, with Pep Guardiola in need of a new striker having allowed Sergio Aguero to depart on a free transfer.
They had been reported as submitting a £100million bid earlier in the transfer window, but that was thought to have rejected out of hand by Levy.
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City have since been forced to raise their valuation, with The Sun reporting on Friday that they were ready to offer £160m for Kane.
But according to The Athletic, those reports are wide of the mark, with Levy now “more determined than ever” to reject any advances for the striker.
Kane’s price tag will be breathtakingly high if City do attempt a move this summer, with the England captain still having three years remaining on his contract.
But the report states that despite a fee of £160m being out of their price range, their pursuit of Kane is not over.
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There is hope for the Premier League champions that a fee in the region of £150m could be enough to tempt Levy into a deal.
While they are still very much interested in signing Kane though, The Athletic claim that senior figures at Spurs are confident he will still be turning out for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season.
In fact, even with the figures being quoted in Friday’s reports, the London club are thought to have an “extremely dim view” of the belief that Kane was departing.
It is said that that anger could even make Levy less rather than more likely to allow Kane to leave this summer.
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That is something the club have made Kane aware of, even as he continues his break from football following his Euro 2020 exploits.
They have finally got their summer transfer business underway with the signing of Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
The new Premier League season is now just three weeks away, so time is running out for City to complete a move.
With Levy so adamant Kane will not be leaving this summer, it could be that Guardiola puts the pursuit on the backburner until next year, when City will have far more leverage.
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