A major update has emerged regarding Manchester City’s pursuit of Harry Kane’s signature.
According to The Times, the Premier League champions have made it clear to Tottenham that they are ready to offer £100m to sign the 27-year-old this summer. The England captain has told Spurs that he wants to leave the club after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and City are looking to swoop in to secure a deal.
Tottenham are reportedly expected to reject this offer from City as they attempt to keep hold of their talisman. However, Pep Guardiola’s side are also willing to include a player in the negotiations, with Raheem Sterling potentially on the table for Spurs.
Back in 2020, former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann hailed Kane as “exceptional” and said that he can achieve anything he wants to in football.
The German told talkSPORT: “He can achieve anything he puts his mind to. He’s so, so talented, exceptional and he’s now into a stage of his career where he is far more mature. He’s not the young lad anymore, even if you think of him as a young player.”
Earlier this year, pundit Tony Cascarino claimed that Sterling has “dropped off” this season and is not the best winger in world football.
He told talkSPORT: “Raheem has dropped off, he’s having a blip. On his game he is an exceptional talent, but I still wouldn’t say he’s the best.
“If you asked me to pick between Neymar or Sterling, I’d probably pick Neymar.”
Txiki Begiristain must ruthlessly axe Sterling from Manchester City this summer if it allows the club to sign Kane from Tottenham. As Cascarino explained, the England winger has dropped off in the past 12 months and he is not the same player he was a couple of years ago. It could be the right time for City to move him on, especially if it means getting Kane in return.
Sterling’s goalscoring numbers in the Premier League last term were his lowest since the 2016/17 campaign as he produced 10 goals. The English forward managed 17 or more Premier League goals in each of the three seasons leading up to the 2020/21 campaign, highlighting his drop-off in form and explaining why it could be the right time for him to be sold.
Meanwhile, Kane enjoyed his best goalscoring season since 2018 as he found the back of the net 23 times for Tottenham in the league. He also had his best year in terms of creating for his teammates, with an impressive 14 assists domestically. The Tottenham man topped the Premier League charts in both categories last season, winning the Golden Boot and the Playmaker award.
The £200,000-per-week beast could be a major addition to Manchester City’s squad if they can land him. Ilkay Gundogan was City’s top scorer with 13 last season in the Premier League, suggesting that there is room for a player with Kane’s goalscoring prowess to come in and be the club’s main source for goals next season. This is why Txiki needs to ruthlessly axe Sterling if it means getting a deal for Kane over the line.