Reports: Manchester City willing to bide time for Harry Kane
Manchester City are willing to bide their time in the pursuit of Harry Kane in an attempt to bring down Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's £160million valuation of the striker, according to a well-sourced journalist.
Martin Blackburn of The Sun reports that City are willing to be patient in their bid to sign Harry Kane, looking to drive down Daniel Levy's asking price for the England captain, with the club having no intention of meeting his valuation.
Blackburn writes that City hope Kane's burning desire to move, and Spurs' need for cash, will prove decisive in whether the transfer comes off.
It's added that Pep Guardiola and those above him at the club have drawn up a list of alternative options at the number nine position, but that as things stand, all focus remains on the 27-year-old, who'll turn 28 next week.
Insight is also provided from the Spurs' perspective, with Blackburn claiming that Nuno Espirito Santo's side will wait to see if Manchester United can be tempted into a bidding war for last season's Premier League Golden Boot winner. Kane himself is reportedly waiting to see if Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side get involved.
From Kane's perspective, given that he desperately wants out of Tottenham, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he'd be waiting for more teams to come to the table because it simply gives him more options of getting out – especially with a move to City far from definite.
Spurs' reasoning for wanting United involved is pretty obvious as it would allow them to stay firm on the valuation of their star forward.
However, whether last season's Premier League runners up would consider a big-money deal for Kane is another question entirely given the significant outlay on Jadon Sancho and the expected transfer of Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, who'll command a sizeable fee himself.
Blackburn writes that United have not made a move for the forward but must now decide whether they're prepared to let him join Pep Guardiola in the blue half of Manchester.
The highly reputable Jack Gaughan of Mail Sport also reports that City are willing to be patient to land Kane, adding that the club do have alternatives.
Anthony Joseph of Sky Sports reports that Celtic are interested in taking Yan Couto on loan for the season but face competition for the 19-year-old's signature from clubs in Portugal.
Couto was signed by City last summer and spent last season on loan at City Football Group side Girona – going on to win the Spanish second division's right-back of the season award.
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