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The dream has ended, and Saul is left disappointed in the outcome. But maybe a certain Portuguese striker is on the horizon.
The saga concluded with frankly, a whimper. No juice, no real progress and perhaps worst of all, no back up plan.
Manchester City is now left scrambling as they will try maybe, to sign Cristiano Ronaldo to save face. There is also the distinct possibility that City sign no one at all.
City being so confident in this deal and pursuing no others including Leo Messi and Romelu Lukaku just baffles the mind.
What was the thought process behind this? Were they really so sure they didn’t even look for an alternative? The Vlahovic deal seemed pure chatter to scare Spurs in to accepting as he was their primary if Kane left.
Now, we are left with no striker with less than a week before the window closes.
Could it be Ronaldo or bust?
Harry Kane Deal is Dead, Manchester City Have No Back Up Plan https://t.co/UMlRNNfcLG— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 25, 2021
Harry Kane set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur as time runs out for Manchester City - Alasdair Gold - football.london
Alasdair Gold details what Kane has been doing since returning to Spurs after his summer off.
Kane, who signed a six-year deal in 2018, returned from his summer holidays this month and following the mandatory five-day isolation at The Lodge hotel at Hotspur Way he returned to training.
At first he worked on his fitness with Tottenham’s sports science staff, missing the first two games of the season against Manchester City and Pacos de Ferreira, the latter in the Europa Conference League play-offs.
He rejoined full training with the squad and Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo included him in the squad that travelled to Wolves on Sunday.
Kane came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of the encounter and was well received by the thousands of travelling Tottenham fans.
Joe Bray wonders where City go from here with so little time left in the window.
After Kane declared his intention to leave Tottenham at the start of the summer to pursue more chances of winning silverware, City were installed as favourites to sign the England captain.
Kane expressed his intention to play alongside Kevin De Bruyne, and City were ready to pay a club record fee for his services.
However, Tottenham remained determined not to lose their talisman, and were firm about an asking price that City were not willing to meet. Reports of a £160m bid were strongly denied by City.
Now, with a week left in the transfer window, Kane has issued a statement confirming he will not be leaving Tottenham in this window.
Over at CFC, Dustin is not so quick to forgive the THFC captain after his flirtation with the Blues.
So that’s it. Saga ended, at least for now. Kane now faces the daunting prospect of winning back the sizable percentage of Tottenham fans that he badly burned and alienated throughout his and his agent-brother Charlie’s hamfisted PR attempts to force a move. But for the segment of supporters who consistently backed Kane, it’s already looking like it’s easy to forgive and move on.
Me, I’m still mad. I may have been wrong about Kane completely burning his bridges at Spurs (though I still maintain he was attempting to do so), but this statement and tepid recommital to Tottenham still doesn’t sit well with me. Notably, Kane’s statement does not include an apology of any kind for his and his brother’s behavior and complicity in this whole saga, nor does he provide any sort of context for his decision. It’s just “I’m staying, thanks to everyone who supported me.”
Harry Kane has publicly re-committed himself to Tottenham, but he as of yet has not confronted the hurt and damage he has done to Spurs fans. https://t.co/1AfFvWjb6k— Conference League Captain (@cartilagefree) August 25, 2021
Analysis: What Does Harry Kane Deal Collapse mean for Manchester City? - Emmanuel Odey - Bitter and Blue
Emmanuel lays out three reasons why it may have all gone very wrong for City and Kane.
There could be different reasons for this latest development. With a new manager in charge and several signings made to strengthen the side, the Englishman may be convinced the team is now strong enough to finally challenge for trophies.
Back-to-back wins at the beginning of the season including beating City 1-0 show Tottenham have a strong team going into the new campaign. That the team could hold it’s own against arguably the best team in the land made a huge statement.
Another reason could be that he does not want to ruin his legacy at the club. He is currently king at Tottenham and well loved by the fans. As can be seen in the statement, he is concerned about them.
Thirdly, it could also be that City have made it clear they will not meet Tottenham’s £150m valuation. With Daniel Levy holding out for the fee, the deal is now unlikely. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, the striker has moved to make the announcement to appease the club’s fans.
Man City needed Harry Kane, so who do they turn to now? Ronaldo? Haaland? Mbappe? - Mark Ogden - ESPN
ESPN’s Ogden looks at what might have been for the club and the player if the deal had made it over the line.
Thanks to City’s immense wealth due to their owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, it would be foolish to write off their prospects of doing a big deal between now and next Tuesday’s 11 p.m. BST (6 p.m. ET) transfer deadline. But whoever they end up signing, it will not be Kane and it means that Guardiola’s blueprint for this season is in tatters.
No transfer is ever guaranteed to succeed, but Kane was as close to a nailed-on certainty as there is had he been able to force a move from Spurs to City. His incredible consistency in a Tottenham shirt has seen him score 20 or more Premier League goals in five of the last seven seasons. He hit 17 and 18 goals respectively in the two campaigns when he fell short of the 20 mark, so Guardiola and City know they could expect the same again, if not more, at the Etihad.
Cristiano Ronaldo offer lingers as Harry Kane ends Man City hopes of transfer - Simon Bajkowski - Manchester Evening News
Bajkowski thinks that the Ronaldo move may yet be made to compensate for missing out on MCFC’s preferred striker.
There are a number of reasons why the deal may not happen, with the player’s history at United and individualistic style making it difficult to see how a move could work and be accepted by considerable sections on the fanbase.
However, with Pep Guardiola expecting a world-class forward through the door to replace Sergio Aguero - especially after seeing Chelsea, United and Liverpool all strengthen key areas of their squads - City will have to at least consider whether an imperfect solution is better than the options they currently have in the squad. The player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has an excellent relationship with the club and will be in touch over the next week as Bernardo Silva looks to resolve his future.
City’s manager likes Ferran Torres in the No.9 role, but the young Spaniard is still to fully convince as he adapts to the position while Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling are both preferred out wide where there is no shortage of competition for places.
Freddie details the report of a contract offer from City ad why that may noy be enough to secure the signature of CR7.
For Ronaldo, his main target destination has emerged as being Manchester City, and a staggering claim from Italy on Wednesday night suggests that the Etihad club may now be entertaining the prospect.
As per the information of Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester City have now offered Cristiano Ronaldo a two-year contract worth €14-15 million net per season.
The next step, according to Di Marzio, is that Cristiano Ronaldo himself has to decide what he wants to do in regards to his future.
And finally, George Kelsey has the results of the EFL Carabao Cup third round draw from Wednesday evening.
Our last clash with Gareth Ainsworth’s side came during our Second Division promotion campaign, when the visitors ran out 2-1 winners at Maine Road in April 1999.
Wycombe currently sit second in League One, having won three of their opening four matches as they aim for an immediate return to the Championship.
City, along with the six other English sides to qualify for Europe this season, enter the competition at the third round stage as we set our sights on claiming the trophy for a record fifth successive year.
A ninth League Cup triumph would also see Pep Guardiola’s men surpass Liverpool as the most successful side in the tournament’s history.
That’s it for today, but don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for the results of the Champions League draw and the build up to Arsenal.