City to Launch Increased Kane Bid
This afternoon it was revealed by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano that Manchester City are set to up their bid for Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane to €150 million (around £130m). In a tweet, Romano declared that City would be "ready" and waiting with an increased sum if Spurs are willing to part with their third-highest scorer of all time.
Pep Guardiola confirmed in his press conference last week, prior to City's Community Shield defeat to Leicester, that the club were interested in signing Kane. The manager said the move could only happen if Tottenham were "willing to negotiate".
Kane expressed his desire to leave earlier this summer and the Englishman argued he had a "gentleman's agreement" with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. However, Levy has other ideas and isn't willing to part with his captain leaving the two in a stand-off and Kane's future in limbo.
It's believed Kane is looking to leave in order to win major trophies having already lost finals in the League Cup and Champions League. If City were to meet his valuation they would break the British transfer record for the second time this summer. City splashed out £100 million, just last week, to acquire the services of Jack Grealish.
Jack Gaughan for MailOnline announced this evening that the clubs have held talks this week and belief is 'growing' in the City camp that a deal can be struck. The Blues failed to comment on the matter but are said to value the player at around £120 million and it's understood that a deal can be agreed at that price with add-ons.
Guardiola's comments last week may have suggested that this saga could run to transfer deadline day but as the DailyMail put it; "the landscape is understood to have altered earlier in the week with the clubs discussing financials."
Despite trying to force a move away from Tottenham, Kane is expected to make his return to training with his teammates tomorrow. The striker has been in isolation at the Tottenham training ground hotel since he arrived back from the Caribbean last Saturday. If his standard five-day PCR COVID-19 test returns a negative result he will take to the training field on Friday, two days before City and Spurs meet in the first weekend of the Premier League season.