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Manchester City draw first blood in Harry Kane transfer battle — reports

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Reports from multiple sources from the Guardian to the Telegraph claim Manchester City have made their first bid for Chelsea (and every other big EPL team) transfer target, Harry Kane.

The bid is said to be in the region of £100m — £85m plus £15m in add-ons — with City also willing to give Spurs right of first refusal on players such as Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte. But Tottenham have not been moved by the bid, as they have no interest in selling the 27-year-old who still has three years remaining on his contract.

Spurs’ hierarchy are set to hold talks with the England captain to convince him to stay. Kane is valued at upwards of £150m and Tottenham are keen to keep him despite the 27-year-old believing he has a gentleman’s agreement with Daniel Levy to leave the club this summer.

At the personal level Kane is said to be focused on the ongoing Euros and a decision on his future will only take place after the conclusion of the tournament, although it is understood that his preference is to join the Citizens. The striker is keen to leave Spurs this summer to join a club who can provide him (realistic) opportunities of winning trophies and regularly playing Champions League football, although he hasn’t submitted a formal transfer request yet.

Alongside the Citizens, Chelsea and Manchester United are also said to be in the race for Kane, with the latter apparently ready to push for a move later in the window. While Kane was always unlikely to come to the blue side of London, City’s prioritization of the Englishman’s signature could clear our path towards signing Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland.