Thursday brings us more on the Harry Kane front, and alternative striker options both far-fetched and very, very real. A look ahead to the Canaries by taking a peak at the past. And a question about the hierarchy of English football.
What next for Harry Kane as he remains in England as Tottenham squad fly to Portugal - Alasdair Gold - football.london
Spurs did not bring their star striker along for the match in the Europa Conference League against Pacos de Ferreira. Gold details some tension behind the scenes at the club.
Off the pitch, before and after the Euros, the Kane situation has been a mess.
Those within Tottenham were left disappointed by ‘leaks’ about his desire to leave the club while last season was reaching its business end as well as the interview with Gary Neville, which came out before European football was achieved.
There was also the front page story of his ‘agreed departure’ which emanated from the wedding of Kane’s brother Charlie, also his agent.
From Kane’s side there has also been disappointment, with claims of ‘a gentleman’s agreement’ that he could leave halfway through the six-year deal he signed in 2018 should conditions not be met.
Former Tottenham player believes Harry Kane to Man City transfer is inevitable - George Smith - Manchester Evening News
Former Spur Alan Hutton says it may be now or never if Harry wants to leave Tottenham.
Nevertheless, Hutton believes now is the time where Kane has to make the move and leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“If there is an opportunity to move, this is the right time,” Hutton told Coffee Friend. “He’s 28. If he stays another year, Tottenham won’t get the best value for him.
“He’s coming to the best years of his career. He’s in that window of, if he wants to move and for a lot of money, it’s now. Whether Tottenham can hold on to him, we’ll have to wait and see. For him personally, to go and win things – this is the time.”
Manchester City ‘Ignore’ opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo -report - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue
There has been some chatter this week about Ronaldo offering his services. Our man Saul isn’t buying it.
Ronaldo himself took to Instagram to disprove the rumors of an exit and that coupled with this latest report the City would not want him should put this to bed. I doubt that though as the transfer world continues put out tenuous links between him and multiple clubs including City.
Plus, he does not seem to fit the profile of City players. Age combined with not the best reputation can lead to standoffs and Pep and City would not want that anywhere near City.
This seems to me more an indictment on the trafficking of fake transfer rumors and supposed ‘people in the know’ when there is few of those in reality.
With City finding the negotiations with Daniel Levy difficult, the Blues may have interest in younger, cheaper option.
According to TGR RAI Toscana reporter Sara Meini, who is very close to Viola affairs, Manchester City have now dived in with a proposal.
They are finding Spurs reticent to discuss Harry Kane, even at €150m, so are turning towards Vlahovic instead.
The 21-year-old Serbia international scored 21 Serie A goals last season and Fiorentina are trying to lock him down to a new contract, but his agents are asking for huge commissions and priorities to sell him next summer.
It’s increasingly likely that Vlahovic will be sold this month instead, with Atletico Madrid reportedly reaching €70m plus bonuses.
Tottenham had targeted Vlahovic as the replacement for Kane should he go to Manchester City, but it seems as if Pep Guardiola has decided to go straight for the younger and cheaper forward instead.
With Kane still the preferred signing, Garcia likes the idea of the Serbian center Forward.
For Vlahovic, the reported fee could be €60m + bonuses for the Fiorentina striker. It is now a race between Manchester City, Spurs and Atletico Madrid.
The three clubs are solid but no one will offer him the package City could between wages, accompanying players and sheer amount chances for him to be a great striker. Plus, playing Champion’s League and a chance to win any all the trophies has to be very enticing.
I would love this deal. A solid striker with a good fee if a bit high. The deal would be better than other alternatives not named Kane, especially not signing any one at all.
Manchester City Enter Race for Dusan Vlahovic -report https://t.co/APPpY3bTfd— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 18, 2021
Petec21 looks back at the history between City and Saturday’s opponent. It’s been mostly one-way traffic for MCFC against Norwich of late.
City have won the last three home matches against Norwich and have knocked in a few goals while they were at it. A 7-0 home win in November 2015 was followed with a 2-1 win on Halloween two years later. City then thumped the Canaries 5-0 on the last day of the 2019/20 season as Norwich said goodbye to the Premier League for a season.
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Spurs continue to face a fight to keep Kane in North London, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo aiming to halt a decline that began at the end of the Mauricio Pochettino era, and which Jose Mourinho was unable to prevent. Tottenham were among the hardest hit by the pandemic in financial terms, becoming the first club to take advantage of a government scheme that gave them access to a £175m loan from the Bank of England. They had also opened their £1 billion stadium, created to transform their revenues based on live events, less than a year before COVID-19 put a stop to any form of mass gatherings for most of 2020 and beyond.
Look for more Manchester City news in this same space tomorrow. Saturday’s coming. Don’t Panic.