Manchester City pursued Harry Kane throughout the summer but the 28-year-old confirmed his decision to stay at Tottenham on Wednesday – which is sure to impact Manchester United and Liverpool
Kane announces he’s staying at Tottenham after Man City links
Harry Kane has committed his future to Tottenham over three months after he asked to leave the club – and the impact of his U-turn could be far-reaching.
Manchester City pursued Kane throughout the summer but the 28-year-old confirmed his decision to stay at Spurs on Wednesday, after it became clear Etihad chiefs would not meet Daniel Levy’s £150million price tag.
This has left City without their primary centre-forward target and Pep Guardiola scratching his head about how to fill his side’s No. 9 void.
The Spaniard has deployed Ferran Torres as a false-nine in City’s recent fixtures, while Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and other members of his star-studded squad have also played the role.
Kane’s U-turn may impact Solskjaer’s plans ( Image:
Michael Steele) Klopp’s hopes of signing Mbappe may have been rocked But it seems unlikely this is the long-term solution for Guardiola’s attack, and his next move could affect Premier League rivals Liverpool and United.
City’s intense interest in Kane saw them take a back seat in the race for Erling Haaland as the Borussia Dortmund sensation was sized-up by the Red Devils and Real Madrid.
That may be about to change, however, as the Sky Blues have rekindled their interest in the 21-year-old and will vie for his signature next summer.
That’s according to the Daily Mail , with Haaland believed to be available for a fraction of Kane’s price tag when his £64million release clause comes into effect in 2022.
City joining the hotly-contested race for Haaland spells bad news for Real Madrid and United, who were understood to be readying contracts for the Norwegian.
This, in turn, could have a knock-on effect on Liverpool, who are reportedly pursuing Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
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Los Blancos saw a £137million bid for Mbappe rejected earlier this week and PSG are standing firm as they hold out for £171million for the 22-year-old.
This gave the Reds renewed hope they could sign the Frenchman on a free transfer next summer – but their chances may have been dashed by Kane’s decision.
With the Spurs No. 10 seemingly off the market, competition for Europe’s top forwards will only grow and Mbappe’s situation has similarities to Haaland’s.
With City set to rival Real Madrid for Haaland, the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy may be inclined to focus all their efforts on signing Mbappe instead.
As an alternative option, Los Blancos could revive their interest in Reds winger Mohamed Salah as president Florentino Perez pushes for a marquee Galacticos-esque signing.
As such, while City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League crown have been rocked by their unsuccessful pursuit of Kane, the Tottenham talisman’s reversal may be bad news for the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United in the long-term.