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transfer scramble Harry Kane signing won't guarantee Man City the title - Joleon Lescott

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Harry Kane wants to join Man City

Harry Kane wants to join Man City

Harry Kane wants to join Man City

Manchester City are still pushing to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, but the theory that they will be certainties to win the Premier League title if they sign the England captain is misplaced.

That's the verdict of former City defender Joleon Lescott, who has claimed Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions will still be title favourites even if they don't land Kane.

Speaking to sundayworld.com at a BT Sport event, Lescott believes Kane's arrival at City will boost their attacking options, but he argued the opposition will be stronger than ever this season.

"Kane is a ridiculous talent, one of the best strikers in the world, but I don't think his signing for City would decide the title race," said Lescott, who won the Premier League title with City in 2012 and 2014.

"If he was leaving one of the main title rivals to go to City, then it would have been different, but Spurs are not one of the big contenders so it doesn't have as big an impact.

"Chelsea and Liverpool are still going to be strong if Kane goes to City, but the other contenders are still going to win the games they are going to win whatever happens with Kane."

Lescott also leapt to the defence of City's financial set-up, as they look to sign Kane in a summer that has already seen them spend £100million on Jack Grealish.

City were investigated by UEFA over potential breaches in Financial Fair Play regulations back in 2019, but Lescott insists the club are not breaking any regulations.

"With City having been accused of something recently with UEFA, I'm sure they are following all the rules, now," he added.

"If they are making a bid for Kane, it must be because they think they can do it within the Financial Fair Play rules and if they step over the line, I'm sure they will come down hard on them again.

"We have seen the reaction to Messi signing for PSG and I'm sure they will make back the money on his signing with shirt sales and the interest it has generated.

"My kids are not PSG fans, but they wanted me to get them one of their shirts with Messi on it and I'm sure signing a player like that will attract more fans to a club.

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"It is a different era in football now and the big clubs that have been at the top for so long and they haven't really anticipated a club coming through and sustaining that level of excellence.

"Now they are seeing Man City, PSG and Chelsea getting in the mix and they are here to stay.

"It's not good form or a bit of luck and before City and Chelsea, it was always a big four at the top in England, but now we have six or seven teams in the mix and that has to be a good thing."

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