HARRY KANE MISSES TOTTENHAM TRAINING AS RUMOURS OF MOVE TO MAN CITY INTENSIFY
In the latest twist of what will presumably be a summer-long transfer saga, it has been confirmed that Tottenham captain, striker Harry Kane failed to show up to training this morning. This unexpected act by Harry Kane is going to intensify the pressure on Spurs to let Kane leave this summer.
According to reports from @skysportspaulg HarryKane has NOT shown up for #Tottenham training #HarryKane chose to do so and is not related to Covid test 🧐#Kane assumes that he has a ‘gentlemen's agreement’ with the club since one year to leave #Spurs this summer ⚪#ManCity pic.twitter.com/ahgcYU36z0
— FootTheBall (@FootTheBall) August 2, 2021
DESTINED FOR MAN CITY?
Manchester City’s interest in getting Harry Kane has been one of the worst-kept secrets in world football. Notably, a City bid of nearly 100 million GBP was turned down by Tottenham last month.
Manchester City made an official proposal to Tottenham for Harry Kane. £100M guaranteed + availability to include players in the deal.#THFC have NO intention to accept. Harry wants to go, but Levy will try to keep him. ❌
Harry now focused on the Euros, then it’ll be decided.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2021
Manchester City almost swept the lot last season in terms of trophies won. However, their glaring hole up front was masterfully taken advantage of by teams as they lost in the UCL final to Chelsea, who kept City scoreless. Manager Pep Guardiola opted to play without a conventional striker for the majority of last season as Aguero faced injury problems and Jesus suffered from a crisis of confidence.
Therefore, a prolific striker was at the top of the agenda for Manchester City going into this transfer window and they made Harry Kane their no. 1 target.
TOUGH TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL
Daniel Levy has made it clear in no uncertain terms that the club will not be losing its talisman at any cost. Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, and will instead be playing to qualify for UEFA European Conference League, the third tier of European competitions.
Harry Kane has made no secret of his burning desire to win major trophies as the striker nears his 30s and into the latter stage of his career. Spurs lost the final of the Carabao Cup last season against Manchester City in a one-sided game that showed how far away Spurs are from challenging the elites.
From an optics points, Spurs chairman will be even more resistant to sell his captain this summer. Spurs are going into a new era with Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, and Fabio Paratici as the Director of Football. Starting off a new era, as they welcome fans into their grand stadium, by selling their most important player in recent history would be a death knell for Spurs’ days as an “Elite” club.
Still, Harry Kane’s unexpected latest show of defiance shows that he is ready to make it a battle of attrition where he expects Spurs to blink first. City will be watching closely.