25/08/2021; 12:44 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Daniel Levy remains adamant at letting Harry Kane leave, despite a supposed gentleman's agreement last season.
Manchester City stumped out the cash to prise Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa. A £100 million offer was enough to do the trick.
If Jack Grealish deal was straightforward, the Harry Kane project is proving a hard nut to crack as Daniel Levy has proven all kinds of stubborn.
Levy is a hard negotiator, and while Spurs are building their project, he maintains Kane is not for sale but will be amenable to let him go at a convincing price. Levy remains convinced that the battle to keep Kane is proceeding well, even though the striker is keen to leave the club. However, that will not stop Manchester City from making another move despite seeing earlier offers rebuffed.
It is no longer news that Harry Kane wants to leave Spurs and that City are admirers who want to bring him over. It has become a case of two lovers separated by an iron curtain. Flirting glances, winks and outright declaration of love is hampered by Levy, who has continued to play hardball.
An initial bid of around £120 million was turned back by Spurs, and City will now have to up the stakes to get their man.
The club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in June spoke of a competitive and aggressive foray in the market, and the £100 million signing of Grealish is a testament to what he means. Now they will have to make an 'aggressive' bid to finalize a transfer for the England captain as the close of the transfer window beckons. As per ESPN, City will push through the move and remain hopeful they can see it out by deadline day.
Kane's sojourn at Tottenham has yielded no trophies, and it is suggested that he had an agreement with Levy last season to leave the club if they failed to win a trophy. They neither won a trophy nor qualified for the Champions League. Levy has, however, reneged on the agreement bent on keeping his valued asset.
With Sergio Aguero gone, Pep is desperate for quality replacement and has made the 28-year-old his main target this summer.
Aguero's spate of injuries last season saw City record their fewest number of goals in the league since Pep Guardiola took over. Harry Kane is a player who will deliver goals after finishing as Spurs top scorer in the last seven years.
Gabriel Jesus has asked to be moved to the wings, which has made it imperative for Pep to get a striker. With Kane proving difficult to get, City may turn their attention to Erling Haaland.
With the player's immediate future in Dortmund, the project could be set for next summer.