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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will refuse to sell Harry Kane this summer as Manchester City prepare to make a £100m bid.
City have stepped up their interest and are pushing to get a deal done, although Spurs insist they have yet to receive a formal offer for the England captain.
Chelsea have also made enquiries while Manchester United are watching developments closely but it is City who seem determined to steal a march on their Premier League rivals.
However, Levy is adamant that they will not sell this summer – even though Kane has made it very clear that he wants to leave to try and win trophies at another club.
City boss Pep Guardiola is targeting a big name striker after Sergio Aguero left and that has looked Kane’s most likely destination.
Daniel Levy does not want to sell Harry Kane
The trio of clubs believe Levy might be tempted to sell because Tottenham have been hit hard by the coronavirus in financial terms and already have a £1billion stadium to pay off.
United will not enter a bidding war as they have been bruised by dealing with Levy before while Chelsea are also keen on Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland but do retain an interest in Kane.
The belief at Tottenham is that Kane will end up staying and he has three years left on his contract and is 28 next month so clearly this summer is crucial to his long term future.
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Levy knows that, amid their managerial search which is rapidly becoming a farce, selling Kane would be a devastating blow.
But all the managerial candidates have been told that Kane will be staying even if the search for a new boss has become a farce.
Tottenham fans are growing frustrated as they have missed out on Maurico Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and talks Gennaro Gattuso broke down last week.
The fans do not begrudge Kane a move to pursue trophies and, despite limited numbers at White Hart Lane last month, gave him a great send off for what might have been his final home game.
But any notion that a new manager would persuade Kane to stay also appears to be wearing thin as the Golden Boot winner is as determined as ever to quit.
City are targeting a big name striker, have Kane as their No1 and are pushing hard with little encouragement from Spurs to date but that could change if the pursuit and potential bids become more public.