Harry Kane ‘increasingly LIKELY’ to stay at Tottenham this summer as Daniel Levy ‘digs in’ to ward off interest… with Man City believed to have ‘left it too late’ to secure striker
- Man City’s interest in Harry Kane has been the transfer saga of the summer
- Kane is valued at around £150m and so far no bid has arrived to that effect
- A new report details that the 28-year-old is ‘increasingly likely’ to stay at Spurs
Manchester City’s hopes of landing £150million-rated striker Harry Kane before the end of the window have reportedly been dealt a major blow.
The Sunday Times report that Kane, 28, is now increasingly likely to remain at Tottenham for at least one more season.
Chairman Daniel Levy is believed to be ‘digging in’ amid City’s interest and it is said Pep Guardiola’s side have ‘left it too late’ to negotiate for the England captain.
Harry Kane is reportedly set to stay at Tottenham this summer despite strong Man City interest
There are 17 days remaining of the summer transfer window and the report adds that the limited time left to strike a mega deal for Kane means he is likely to commit to Tottenham for at least one more season.
At the end of the campaign he will have two years remaining on his contract and is then once again likely to evaluate his future.
Levy has always been a fiercely determined chairman at Tottenham and has often kept players against their wishes.
Tottenham played hardball with Luka Modric (right) in 2011 before selling him 12 months later
Kane is set to make himself available for selection against Manchester City on Sunday
Chelsea attempted to prise Luka Modric out of Spurs in 2011 but Levy refuted any offers and sold him to Real Madrid a year later with Moussa Dembele arriving as a replacement.
Replacing Kane would be a sizeable task so late in the window and despite agreeing a £60m fee with Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez, they seem no closer to bringing the Argentine in as he looks to stay in Italy.
Kane returned to training on Friday after returning a negative PCR test and Sportsmail exclusively revealed that he will make himself available to play against Man City on Sunday.
The striker had to provide a negative Covid test to allow him to end his quarantine following an extended holiday in the Bahamas and USA.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo will now decide whether Kane can be included in his match-day squad for his first game in charge after Saturday’s session.
Nuno Espírito Santo will make a final decision on whether Kane is in good enough shape
Kane’s professionalism was questioned over the past fortnight after skipping the start of his pre-season training schedule in an effort to force a move to City — but he is prepared to feature for Spurs again, even though his intention to leave is clear.
‘Harry joined the group today,’ Nuno said on Friday.
‘He trained. We had a talk. Of course it’s a private conversation but everything is OK. He is here with us and preparing himself.’
City boss Pep Guardiola was also asked about Kane on Friday but, unlike in his previous press conference, refused to discuss the potential transfer.
‘He’s a Tottenham player,’ Guardiola said. ‘I made an exception last time but usually I don’t talk about transfers. It’s not my business. That’s all.’
He was expected to report back last Monday but remained on holiday and quarantine rules meant he was required to train alone before passing a test-to-release test on Thursday.
Kane, pictured here on a different break, went on holiday to the Bahamas after Euro 2020
Kane released a statement online saying he was ‘hurt’ by fans questioning his professionalism
With his professionalism under scrutiny Kane put out a statement on social media strenuously denying he was refusing to train in a bid to force through a move.
‘It hurts to read some of the comments that have been made this week, questioning my professionalism,’ said Kane.
‘While I won’t go into the specifics of the situation, I want to clarify that I would never, and have never, refused to train. I will be returning to the club tomorrow (Saturday), as planned.
‘I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the relationship I have with the fans who’ve given me such unwavering support.’