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Tottenham holding firm on Kane sale, but are prepared if he leaves

The narrative is starting to turn on whether Harry Kane stays or leaves

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All along, Tottenham Hotspur’s line concerning the potential transfer of Harry Kane to Manchester City has been consistent: he’s not going anywhere and is not for sale. Of course, that’s extremely unlikely to be true. The reality is much more likely that Kane has a set valuation to the club, but unless and until City meet that valuation they are refusing to budge. Kane was left out of Spurs’ matchday squad, ostensibly out of fitness concerns but more likely due to the instability swirling around him.

Time is now running out for Spurs and City to come to some sort of agreement for Harry. There are two weeks left in the summer transfer window, and you have to think that some of Spurs’ remaining business is tied to the money potentially received from Kane’s transfer. Tottenham’s head coach Nuno Espirito Santo clarified the situation slightly after Spurs’ 1-0 Premier League win over City on Sunday, saying that he doesn’t anticipate Kane leaving this summer, but that the club is “ready to act” should a breakthrough happen.

“The decision [to omit out Kane] was made on Saturday, the day we prepared for the match. We have to make decisions, it’s our job.

“Harry is with us, he worked on Sunday morning and he’s getting ready to help the team. We don’t expect [a Kane transfer], we have to be ready to act if necessary because until the 31st anything can happen in football.”

Notably, Tottenham are very visibly attempting to come to an agreement with Inter Milan for the sale of Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez. Spurs have been insistent that this is a deal they have been working on irrespective of Kane’s departure and that Espirito Santo envisions the two playing in tandem. However, it’s not difficult to the conclusion that Lautaro would be Kane’s replacement should he move. Spurs are also keeping a close eye on Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

If you had asked me yesterday whether it was more likely that Kane leaves than he stays, I’d have said yes. I still believe that’s the case and that we’ve likely seen Kane for the last time in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt. I also think that, after the various actions taken by the Brothers Kane this summer, there’s a very good argument that he SHOULD be sold if City offer anywhere near Tottenham’s valuation. However, the transfer window is closing rapidly. There’s a very real chance that Kane might be stuck here for another season, at least. That’s a road that we’ll have to explore if Spurs head down it.