Manchester City may have to put a plan in place to stop Harry Kane before potentially signing him later in the window.
That’s after Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo said the striker may be involved in the Premier League opener between the two teams on Sunday.
The England captain returned to Tottenham’s Enfield training base this week and his new manager said he could be thrust straight in against the champions this weekend, as “all the players in the squad that work on a daily basis will be options for us.”
Santo said talks with Kane had been planned for Monday after the forward dismissed any notion that his absence from training with Tottenham was premeditated.
“First of all we have to speak,” Nuno said of his star forward. “This is going to happen today, and after that we hope to solve all the situations.
“It’s not about that (Kane’s late return), it’s about what we have to do to solve the situation – this is important. We have to solve it together, everybody involved has to solve it together – speaking, having a nice conversation and putting our opinions, but everybody together”
Speaking ahead of the Community Shield clash with Leicester City last week, Pep Guardiola confirmed City’s interest in the forward, although also commented on Spurs’ apparent reluctance to sell their talisman.
Nuno (left) has said Kane is in the frame to face City on Sunday. (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Premier League champions have already broken the British transfer record this summer after a £100million deal for Jack Grealish was finalised last week. Any possible transfer involving Kane would surpass that figure.
It’ll be intriguing to see what kind of reaction Kane receives from Tottenham supporters and the visiting City fans should he play a part at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with stadiums set to be full in the Premier League for the first time since March 2020.
Kane has yet to feature in pre-season for Spurs, but notched 23 goals and registered 14 assists in the Premier League last term.