Euro 2020: Southgate confident transfer saga won't distract Kane
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Tottenham Hotspur are not expecting to receive a large enough bid from Manchester City to tempt them into selling star striker Harry Kane to Pep Guardiola’s side this summer.
Man City are known admirers of Kane, and the player himself has named City’s Kevin de Bruyne as the player he would most like to play with in the Premier League.
And City’s neighbours Manchester United are also believed to be interested in bringing Kane to Old Trafford as they look for a long-term pick for the centre-forward position in their squad.
Chelsea are also interested in Kane, with rumours circulating that they are preparing a lowball offer for the England captain and Premier League top-scorer in the coming weeks.
Spurs are unwilling to sell to Chelsea regardless of the size of the bid due to the tense relationships between the clubs following past transfer disagreements.
And, according to a report in The Athletic, Spurs do not believe that City will be able to secure Kane’s signature this summer either, with the Etihad club known to be reticent to smash their transfer record for a 27-year-old striker with a history of ankle injuries.
Kane himself is looking to move in search of silverware, telling Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville that: “I want to play the Champions League… I want to be playing in the biggest games.
“I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.
“It’s a moment in my career where I have to reflect and see where I’m at. Ultimately it’s going to be down to me, how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career.”
But Tottenham are confident that Kane is too loyal to the club to force through a move by downing tools, and they are not expecting a bid in the region of their asking price of £150 million to appear from any of the interested clubs.
Manchester United are also reticent to pay such a huge transfer fee at a time of financial uncertainty in the game.
And the Red Devils board are understood to be willing to wait for a year and big for Kane next summer when his price will almost certainly have dropped.
In the meantime, United are happy to rely on Uruguay international Edinson Cavani, who signed a one-year extension to his deal at Old Trafford earlier this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo could also be brought in on a short-term deal to plug the gap until Kane’s arrival, with links between the Portuguese star and a return to Manchester refusing to go away.
However, Ronaldo’s former United teammate Rio Ferdinand say that he does not expect such a deal to go through.
“I don’t think Ronaldo will happen,” Ferdinand told the Sun.
“That chapter has been written and it’s closed so I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening.
“Defence is the priority and what’s good about the Euros is there will be a good few centre-backs on show there.
“It’s also about who is available. I went to the World Cup and got bought off the back of a good season but also playing at a major tournament.
“This is a great opportunity for someone else to put themselves in the shop window and be purchased by a big club.
“Manchester United are in the market for a centre-back so what an opportunity for someone.”
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