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Tottenham will not sell wantaway striker Harry Kane under any circumstances this summer despite Manchester City’s interest in a move, according to reports. The newly-crowned Premier League champions have been heavily linked with Kane for a number of months after it became apparent that he is keen to seek a fresh challenge ahead of the new campaign.
The 27-year-old is believed to have informed Spurs of his desire to leave the club earlier this year, with City keeping a close eye on the situation as they seek a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
The Manchester club reportedly lodged a bid in the region of £100million for the striker last month but saw their offer flatly rejected.
Kane has played a hugely important role for Spurs since breaking into the first-team picture back in 2014 and claimed the most goals and assists of any Premier League player last season.
Although player power has the potential to swing the situation in the England skipper’s favour, he remains under contract until the summer of 2024 and it appears as though Spurs hold all the cards with regards to his immediate future.
Club chairman Daniel Levy, managing director of football Fabio Paratici and new boss Nuno Espirito Santo are not willing to part ways with Kane and will not entertain any further bids for his services, according to the Manchester Evening News.
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The report claims that Spurs have privately agreed to deny their attacking talisman a move away from the club before the start of next season.
Paratici recently admitted that he is desperate to keep hold of Kane as he looks to mould Spurs into top-four regulars after leaving his post at Juventus in May.
“Keeping Kane is not just my goal, it’s our goal as a club,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia. “I can’t wait to watch him play live.
“I’ve been really lucky in the past years because I’ve watched a lot of top players and strikers, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, and many more which now I forgot about.
“Right now, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He’s a complete player, really special. His physique is that of a real No 9, a true poacher, but he also has an incredibly refined technique.
“He is able to shoot with both feet and also provides many assists. Very few people notice this, because he scores so many goals.
“He’s a team player, but he’s a finisher at the same time, so really I believe he is among the top three in the world.”
Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola suggested earlier this week that a move for Kane is beyond the club’s reach, citing the intense financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the prices [quoted] we are not going to buy any strikers,” Guardiola told TV3. “It is impossible, we cannot afford it. It’s impossible.
“All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus], Ferran [Torres] who has been incredible in this position, we have young players in the academy, we play many times with a false nine.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. Maybe we’re going to buy but maybe we’re not going to buy a striker for next season.
“Today there is more chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”
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