Harry Kane’s future looks likely to dominate the remainder of the summer transfer window.
And amid continued links to Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions just might have a plan to get a deal over the line before or on deadline day come August 31st.
Having been given extra time off by Tottenham Hotspur after leading England to the Euro 2020 final, Kane not showing up to training on his return from holiday raised a few eyebrows about his future at the club.
Unsurprisingly, Spurs are keen to keep hold of their star striker and it would take an eye-watering offer to even start negotiations with Daniel Levy and the club over a potential deal.
However, there could be a plan that ensures Kane leaves the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Despite Man City smashing a British transfer record to sign Jack Grealish for £100million from Aston Villa, it has been widely reported that they will continue to pursue a deal for the £150million-rated Kane.
If so, Pep Guardiola’s side will break the British transfer record twice in one summer.
But in order to do so, they’ll need to raise funds via player sales and two first-team stars who could be on the way out of the Etihad Stadium are Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva.
According to the Daily Mail, City have agreed to not stand in Spain international Laporte’s way should a £60m offer come in as he is below John Stones and Ruben Dias in the centre-back pecking order.
Furthermore, the report states that Juventus and Real Madrid have shown interest in Laporte over recent months but there remains uncertainty as to whether they can meet City’s valuation.
As for Silva, he is seen as the star most likely to depart and has a valuation of £63m on transfermarkt.
So that is potentially £123m that City could raise via two player sales and those funds would come in handy in their quest to reach Spurs’ reported £150m valuation of Kane.
However, this development comes after Guardiola dropped a hint that City could be set to move on having admitted that he is content with his squad, despite having only added Jack Grealish – albeit with a record price paid for one player by a British club.
When asked if he was happy with their current incomings in a press conference, Guardiola replied: “Absolutely. More than happy.
“It is the same team, except Sergio [Aguero] for Jack Grealish, that we had last season.”
With just over a week until deadline day, it remains to be seen if Guardiola is really happy with his squad or if he will look to add to it with the signing of Kane.