Former Manchester City star Michael Ball believes that the club may opt against a deal for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, telling Football FanCast that such a deal goes against their model of buying players.
City have been heavily linked with a potential swoop for the Spurs star who, per Sky Sports, has asked to leave the club this summer.
Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be in the race to snap Kane up but Ball is doubtful that a deal will be done for the England captain.
The Spurs star has three years left on his contract, meaning that any deal to sign him will be hugely expensive for the buying club.
City’s record purchase stands at the £68.4m spent on midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, per Transfermarkt.
As a result, Ball is doubtful that they will be willing to sanction a bid worth over £100m for Kane.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, the ex-City star, who played for the club between 2007 and 2009, said: “City’s model really is not paying those fees. Yes, they pay £50 million or £60 million for a lot of players but they haven’t really broke world records for signings. So I’ll be interested to see.”
Still, Ball believes that bringing Kane into the club would be an astonishing signing, and give City a “frightening” side next season.
He added: “There’s other strikers out there Man City have probably got their eye on but if he goes to Man City, what a team that would be for next season with Harry Kane up front.
“A different dimension, a different focus for the opposition, you’ve got Harry Kane pulling off and holding the ball up. It’d be a frightening addition to the Man City squad.”