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Pep Guardiola wants Harry Kane to replace Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium (Dave Thompson/PA)

Pep Guardiola wants Harry Kane to replace Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium (Dave Thompson/PA)

Pep Guardiola wants Harry Kane to replace Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium (Dave Thompson/PA)

Who will win this season’s Premier League? Well, the answer to that question surely hangs on the possible transfer of Harry Kane from Spurs to Manchester City.

If, as I suspect they will, the Sky Blues get their man, then I cannot see any team taking the big trophy off Pep Guardiola’s men.

They won the title last season, often without using a proper centre-forward in many matches.

Injuries meant Sergio Aguero had his least productive season in his glorious decade at the club and is now gone to Barcelona.

Yet, City still romped away with the title – and if they can sign the England captain, and he stays fit to knock in his usual 25 goals a season, then I simply cannot see the champions being dethroned. How could they?

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Harry Kane is of interest to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has admitted (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Harry Kane is of interest to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has admitted (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Harry Kane is of interest to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has admitted (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

They were the top team last season and with Kane on board, they would be massively stronger than last term. It’s a no-brainer.

Of course, Manchester City want Kane to help them win the Champions League, too – the competition that stubbornly eludes them and which has shunned Pep since he left Lionel Messi behind at the Nou Camp.

That is why, before the end of August, I see Spurs and City coming to an agreement that sees Kane move northwards.

He clearly wants to make the move, and his case is helped by the fact that he is now the big striker transfer ‘prize’ this summer, as Borussia Dortmund seem determined to hang on to the superb Erling Haaland for one more season.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, PSG and, maybe, Real Madrid, if they can sort out their finances, will compete for the Norwegian next year, with Haaland’s purchase price guaranteed at €75million.

But Kane is the prize now, and it will take a lot more than €75million to get him, but City seem willing to meet the bill and all the other clubs look to have accepted that they cannot compete with their financial muscle in this instance.

So, despite the fact that Aguero and David Silva, two of the greats of the last 10 years at the Etihad Stadium, have left, City are building again for the future. Kane still has another six or seven years at the very top in him and, in a sky-blue shirt, I can see him and the club winning lots of prizes in that six or seven years.

It leaves the rest playing catch-up. United have signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and they will improve the team, no doubt.

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They want to get Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, too, and I believe the y will provided they can get a few players to leave and free up some more transfer funds.

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United have a huge call to make over Paul Pogba. Do they sell him, tie him to a new contract, or let him leave on a free

United have a huge call to make over Paul Pogba. Do they sell him, tie him to a new contract, or let him leave on a free

United have a huge call to make over Paul Pogba. Do they sell him, tie him to a new contract, or let him leave on a free

Paul Pogba is the huge call, of course. Do United sell him now, tie him to a new contract, or let him leave for nothing next summer?

I suspect most United fans will want the club to take the first option, even though we saw at the Euros that Pogba, at his very best, is a hell of a player.

He’s just not at his best every weekend for United. It’s a huge call for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it must be made soon. The sale of Pogba is not a deal you want to be doing on the second last day of August.

Liverpool have their equivalent of City signing Kane in getting the great Virgil van Dijk back into action.

How they missed this brilliant defender last term. But the next few weeks are big ones at Anfield, too, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Van Dijk all out of contract in 2023.

Liverpool have already nailed down Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho to new deals, but the big five cannot be allowed to drift towards leaving the club for nothing in two years’ time. That would not make sense financially.

So do Liverpool sell one of Salah, Mane, Firmino, Henderson or Van Dijk to pay increased wages to the other four?

It seems they may have to, and then hope to buy that player’s replacement relatively cheaply.

It will be a big year, too, for the Scousers’ Irish goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher, who will hope to get some first-team football during runs for Liverpool in the domestic cup competitions.

Chelsea are the European champions and want to be the champions of England, too. So far they have been quiet in the transfer market, ominously so.

Are they waiting to put in one huge bid, with a few days left in the window, to tempt Dortmund to sell Haaland now.

The word around football is, that for some reason, Haaland doesn’t want to go to the club I supported as a boy.

If he ends up in England, he wants to be at United or Liverpool.

But if Dortmund accept a bid of, say, €125million for their man, what can Haaland do?

Sit and stay put and play in front of fans who know he is going to leave next year anyway, and who will be unhappy that the club did not get every cent they could for their biggest asset.

This should be a rebuilding year at Arsenal, with no European commitments, but no Champions League place means that it is going to be hard for the Gunners to get in the top players.

They’ve got to look at somehow getting into the Premier League top four next May.

And what about the FA Cup winners from last season?

Brendan Rodgers will buy well at Leicester City, he always does. And if they can knock another big, uninterrupted, season out of the flying legs of striker Jamie Vardy, then they will be gunning for the top four again.

But if Kane ups stakes at Tottenham and heads off to City, they will be the top team in the Premier League yet again.

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