Manchester City are willing to pay a club-record transfer fee for signing Harry Kane, who wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Manchester City came close to winning the UEFA Champions League last season, but were thwarted by Chelsea in the final. The Citizens continue to tread an unfortunate path in relation to the holy grail and even an incredibly successful manager like Pep Guardiola has not managed to guide them to a maiden European title.
Guardiola will be provided full support by the board of directors for yet another year as Manchester City hope to continue dominating domestically and go the extra mile in the Champions League- a competition which they have been desperate to win for a few years now. They are set for a rebuild with Harry Kane being a central target.
Harry Kane has been linked with leaving Tottenham Hotspur since the conclusion of the 2020/21 campaign. Despite a strong start under Jose Mourinho, the north Londoners were unable to secure any silverware which extended their barren run to yet another season. Kane has stated that he wants to win team trophies and hence, will look to leave Spurs to pursue his ambition.
The striker has been touted to stay in England itself and the Etihad Stadium is being considered the most likely destination for him. The Premier League champions have a sporting project which is convincing enough for any player to sign for them and that is backed by a financial situation that has been nonpareil for many years.
Earlier on in the transfer window, Manchester City saw a bid worth 100 million pounds rejected for their primary target. They had offered Tottenham Hotspur the option to sign a few players from City’s squad to sweeten the deal, but Daniel Levy remained rigid on wanting to keep Harry Kane, therefore rejecting a mammoth offer from the Sky Blues.
They are now set to have a second bite at the cherry and will increase their bid to 150 million pounds for Kane, The Athletic reports. The Citizens are ready to make the 27-year-old the most expensive English player till date by offering the said transfer fee to Tottenham. By increasing their offer, City would not be wiling to discuss any player swaps and hope that Spurs are still convinced.
Pep Guardiola had earlier stated that Sergio Aguero is irreplaceable and that Manchester City will not be able to afford a striker in the summer, but as things are progressing, it looks like the club is optimistic about securing their biggest transfer ever. Though Kane’s qualities are incontestable and speak for themselves, City could put the same money to better use.
A sum of 150 million pounds would be enough for them to secure a player like Erling Haaland, who they have been linked with in recent months as well. The Norwegian offers the longevity of at least another decade, which Kane, who will turn 28 later in July, will not. Plus, statistically speaking, Haaland already outnumbered Kane in 2020/21 at the age of 20.
Manchester City must also be mindful of the Financial Fair Play restrictions as governing bodies will keep a particularly close eye on them. Guardiola’s side escaped a two-year Champions League ban as a result of a lack of clarity over their financial power in 2020 and there may not be a second time when they get a ruling in their favour, especially due to their consistent spending worth multimillions in the transfer market.