Manchester City are braced for the Harry Kane transfer saga to go all the way to the wire on transfer deadline day.
City’s hopes of paying under £100million in cash for the World Cup Golden Boot winner, in the belief that Spurs would accept players moving in the opposite direction in part-exchange, have been dashed.
But despite Daniel Levy’s hardline stance that his talisman is not for sale at any price, there is still optimism at the Etihad that a deal can be done.
City feel that Kane’s desire to leave the London club will break the deadlock before the transfer window closes on August 31.
City knew their plan to have Kane leading Guardiola’s attack by the start of the season had been dashed when it was announced that they would open the defence of their title at the Tottenham Stadium on August 15.
Levy would not countenance Spurs’ fans seeing their hero in a City shirt on the opening day of the season.
Kane, who celebrates his 28th birthday on Wednesday, went public in May to say that he needed a new challenge.
His stance remains unchanged – a City feel that is key to breaking the deadlock.
The Blues are also willing to pay a significant chunk of any fee up front.
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