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no deal Manchester City make it clear they won't pay reported fee to sign Harry Kane


Harry Kane might be forced to dig his heels in at Tottenham. Credit: PA

Harry Kane might be forced to dig his heels in at Tottenham. Credit: PA

Harry Kane might be forced to dig his heels in at Tottenham. Credit: PA

Manchester City are determined to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur this summer but have no intention of paying £160million, as was reported earlier this week.

Kane is Pep Guardiola’s leading target after Sergio Aguero’s departure last month after a decade at City. Spurs have already rebuffed a package worth up to £100million from City for Kane this summer.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told reportedly Kane and his brother Charlie, who acts as the player’s agent, last Friday that he was now prepared to allow the player to go for £160million. But a City source said: “We would never pay that figure.”

City’s record signing is defender Ruben Dias, who joined from Benfica for £65.2million last summer. They opted against a move for Erling Haaland after realising that it would take an outlandish fee for Borussia Dortmund to sell, and feel the same about Kane, who is 28 next week, even though they value him very highly and are still focusing their efforts on him rather than potential alternatives.

Levy has a history of driving a hard bargain and selling Tottenham’s star players, and City hope Kane proves to be the latest to fall into that bracket, even if there is a clear limit on what they would be prepared to pay.

It remains to be seen if Kane will be forced to dig his heels in, and some of his England team-mates believe he could refuse to return for pre-season training if necessary. But Kane hopes to avoid any acrimony given his affection for Spurs and belief that he has a gentlemen’s agreement that the club will listen seriously to offers for him.

Kane is contracted until June 2024, but Levy is fully aware of the striker’s desire to pursue a new challenge as he enters his peak years.

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