Former Tottenham Hotspur hero Graham Roberts insists that Pep Guardiola was out of line with his comments surrounding Manchester City’s pursuit of Harry Kane.
Kane has been heavily linked with a potential move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
A new report from The Telegraph claims that Kane actually believes he struck an agreement with chairman Daniel Levy last summer to allow him to leave in this transfer window, should Spurs fail to win a trophy or finish in the top four.
That did not happen, as the club finished seventh and lost the final of the League Cup, ironically to City.
Guardiola has subsequently claimed that “if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it is finished”, seemingly attempting to ramp up the pressure on Spurs over a deal.
Reportage last week claimed that City have made a bid worth £120m to sign Kane, but that Levy does not want to negotiate the England captain’s potential exit.
Roberts, though, thinks that Guardiola was wrong to say what he said, and has urged City to make a proper bid if they actually want to sign the forward.
Speaking to Football FanCast, he said: “I thought Guardiola was a bit out of order the other day, coming out and saying ‘well, if Tottenham want to do a deal, they need to move’, well hold on, we don’t want to sell him.
“If you want to buy him, offer what he’s worth, £150m or £160m. If you come up with that then Tottenham will come back to you and say yes or no.
“He can’t come out and say, yeah, ‘Harry Kane’s one of the best strikers in the world’, and then expect us to sell him for 100 million quid. That isn’t going to happen.”