Manchester City are willing to spend more than £100million for Harry Kane this summer but are aware Daniel Levy will not back down without a big fight for his talismanic forward - their negotiations for Kyle Walker four years ago described as like 'having blood in your piss' by one source close to those negotiations, according to The Athletic.
In a sizeable overview of Harry Kane's situation at Tottenham, Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic reports that City are intent on testing the Spurs chairman's resolve despite his insistence that Kane is not for sale, with three years remaining on his current deal.
Eccleshare writes that City would be willing to break their current policy of generally not spending more than £60million for the England captain - especially if they can move players like Bernardo Silva, who reportedly asked the club to leave last summer, and Gabriel Jesus.
The Athletic writer explains that while City attempted to lessen Arsenal's leverage on the Alexis Sanchez deal by allowing deadline day to approach in 2017 - ultimately missing out on the forward - they are expected to act more decisively for the Spurs striker.
Although they're willing to bide their time for Kane, it's said there is a feeling that this summer presents a small window in which they could sign the player - with the 27-year-old, who turns 28 in two weeks, and City aware this could be the last opportunity.
Eccleshare highlights that Kane will be touching 29 next summer and potentially declining naturally, making it harder to justify the expenditure if it were to happen next summer - coupled with the fact Pep Guardiola's contract ends in 2023, halfing the time he'd have with the striker if he were not to extend his deal his further.
Guardiola is a known admirer of the forward, and it comes with no surprise given how complete and gifted the senior England man is - Kane ended last season with the Premier League Golden Boot, the Playmaker of the Season award, and ended Euro 2020 with four goals.
This summer, various sources have reported Kane's preferred destination as being the Etihad Stadium - City will try. Kane may need to rock the boat to weaken Levy's hand - whether he does, only time will tell.
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