Harry Kane ‘repeatedly told Fabio Paratici his exit plan’ in Tottenham meeting
The England captain remains determined to join Manchester City before the end of the month and reportedly held a meeting with transfer chief Fabio Paratici last week
Harry Kane met with Tottenham’s director of football Fabio Paratici last week to reaffirm his commitment to force a transfer away from the club, reports say.
Kane remains desperate to leave Spurs to join Manchester City before the transfer window closes on August 31.
City have already seen a £100million bid rejected out of hand by Tottenham, who are determined to keep hold of their talismanic striker.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear he does not consider Kane to be up for sale, regardless of what City offer.
Kane is under contract for a further three seasons, having signed a bumper six-year contract in 2018, and is running out of time to have his wish granted.
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The 28-year-old striker was absent from Tottenham’s impressive 1-0 win over City on Sunday following his return from a holiday in the Bahamas, but he remained a hot topic of conversation on the day.
After previously skipping Spurs training to put pressure on his employers, the England captain re-joined the group under Nuno Espirito Santo for the first time on Tuesday.
That does not mean he has changed his mind, however, and The Athletic reports that Kane held lengthy face-to-face talks with Paratici last week to outline his position.
Kane is understood to have repeatedly told the former Juventus chief of his desire to leave, despite Tottenham’s efforts to bolster their squad over the off-season.
Spurs have already signed winger Bryan Gil from Sevilla in a £21.6m deal, Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on loan move with the option to make it permanent for £13m and Atalanta defender Cristian Romero for around £42m.
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Those deals – and the prospect of more over the next few weeks – has not swayed Kane, who remains steadfast in his desire to follow Jack Grealish’s lead and join City in a big-money move.
So while he may now feature for Nuno’s side against Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League on Thursday or against Wolves on Sunday, he is preparing to bid farewell to his boyhood club.
City, who previously floated the idea of a player-plus-cash deal, are now reportedly prepared to pay a fixed transfer fee of £100m plus £25m to £30m in add-ons for Kane.
That remains some way short of Spurs’ valuation and The Athletic reported on Monday that there was currently ‘no active dialogue’ between the two clubs.
It seems therefore that this transfer saga is set to continue right up until the transfer deadline at 11pm on August 31.