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Harry Kane is still dominating the headlines. City have reportedly increased their bid to €150 million for the Tottenham talisman amid talks between the two clubs this week. Word is, if a deal is to be struck it will happen after Sunday’s Premier League opener.
Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano Opens Up On Man City’s Harry Kane Transfer Strategy - City Xtra - Harry Winters
Harry Winters of si.com got the goods from transfer expert Fab Romano.
According to the Italian journalist, speaking directly to City Xtra, City accept that it will ”not be easy to sign the player,” as Romano opened up on the clubs attempts to try and move the player from North London to Manchester.
Romano said that ”Daniel Levy is so strong in negotiation” and that therefore “the strategy is so clear from Manchester City. ”It is better to wait and and jump in the deal if Tottenham will give the green light for the deal in the coming days,” Romano continued.
Despite Daniel Levy being keen to keep hold of Kane, Romano said that City were ”not giving up on a deal” and that the Spurs and England skipper remains the ”main target.”
Bitter and Blue’s own Saul Garcia weighed in with his take on the increased offer from City Football Group as well.
That is a substantial bid at roughly 127 million pounds. The news surrounding Kane and his exit has been messy. Two recent reports had contradicting news, one claiming Kane could sign a new deal with Spurs and the other claiming the deal will be done by next weekend.
Frankly, its anyone’s guess whether City get him and the window closing soon should provide clarity. What still bugs me a bit is the shortsightedness of City to not chase any other strikers. If they get Kane it will all be moot, but what if they don’t? City need to be more decisive in transfers.
With the league set to open play today, The Premier League preview articles are coming in hot and heavy.
David Purdum, of a little outfit called ESPN, touts City as the favorite to hoist the trophy for a fourth time in five seasons.
Man City has won three of the past four league titles under manager Pep Guardiola and bolstered an already talented roster with the offseason addition of Jack Grealish on a record-setting transfer from Aston Villa.
Man City also has been rumored as a possible destination for Tottenham star striker Harry Kane, who is the favorite to win the Golden Boot at +300 at Caesars, followed by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at +400.
Tweaks to VAR and other rules are on tap as well for 2021-22.
What’s new for 2021/22? VAR, thicker lines, armpits and handball rule changes for new season - Sky Sports - Gerard Brand
Premier League VARs are set to use ‘thicker lines’ in games this season to determine marginal decisions.
An agreement to use thicker lines followed a presentation by Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] referees’ chief Mike Riley to clubs at their annual general meeting in June.
The PGMOL hopes the change will give the benefit back to the attacking team after Premier League clubs gave feedback in a VAR survey last season.
And finally, City’s own Riyad Mahrez likes the mindset for City to win the league again and continue their European successes.
Riyad Mahrez says Manchester City players have the ‘right mentality’ to retain the Premier League title and that they’ll take ‘more confidence’ into Europe after their disappointing Champions League final defeat - The Daily Mail - Jack Gaughan
‘A normal human being always becomes complacent when you start winning things,’ Mahrez said.
‘That’s human nature. We are here because the club chose us - they think we have the right mentality. The manager pushes us every day, every season. He never takes it easy.
‘Every season they say it’s going to be tighter and tighter and this season it will be to be fair. This season will be tough, Chelsea are very good - Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester too. We are ready.
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