So it looks like Manchester City need to cough up an extra
£25million to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Their latest offer of £125m isn’t even enough to make Spurs
chief Daniel Levy answer the phone.
Despite his best efforts to force an exit, Kane is powerless unless
City pay the asking price, which is thought to be a staggering
Pep Guardiola might’ve been crying about Sergio Aguero’s
departure and banging on about their inability to afford a
replacement, but backed by an entire state, Levy knows they’ve
got the cash.
And it might be an idea to just suck it up and pay.
City could actually learn from the events which saw Aguero join
them in the first place back in 2011.
The Argentine, who ended his final season at Atletico Madrid as
their top scorer with 27 goals, inspired a glorious decade of
success at the Etihad after agreeing a £38m move from Spain.
But history could be very different if their Manchester neighbours,
United, decided to cough up the money for Aguero.
Sir Alex Ferguson infamously dealt with the Glazers’ tight purse
strings during his final years at United – and their marquee
signing of the 2011 window was Phil Jones from Blackburn.
The legendary Red Devils boss recently revealed in an
autobiography that Aguero was identified as a target, with
Dimitar Berbatov on the way out and Wayne Rooney in desperate
need of support, a problem which would become clear after
However, £38m was considered too much for a man who would
go on to become one of the Premier League’s greatest ever
“His agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to
pay,” Ferguson explained.
Fergie was a big fan of Aguero but couldn’t persuade the board
to buy him
Who knows how different the Mancunian trophy hauls would look
over the last decade if Aguero joined the red half of the city?
This time, it’s City being asked to spend more than they want
for a striker, who could yet have a similar impact on their future.
Sure, Guardiola’s men are Premier League champions, with an
awe-inspiring squad which just saw Jack Grealish added to it for
But their last three competitive matches? Three defeats and no
While much of the talk has been about Kane’s value to Spurs,
City are desperate for a striker.
City need to replace Aguero’s goals
That much was clear as they lost 1-0 to a Tottenham side without
Kane on Sunday.
Asked how badly City need Kane, former Spurs boss Harry
Redknapp told talkSPORT: “Desperately, that is the key for
them. They’ve got to get someone in.
“No Aguero, they’re short. They’ll look at the Champions
League, with what PSG have done, and if they want to win that,
they’ll need a centre-forward.
“There’s only two, one’s Erling Haaland and one’s Harry
Kane, who are good enough for them.
“I’m sure they’ll push the boat out in the end and a deal will
Levy has stood firm on his valuation of Kane
It’s no wonder they are willing to smash the British transfer
record all over again to sign one of the best goalscorers in the
Kane is just about the closest thing to guaranteed goals City
could get, with three Premier League Golden Boots to his name,
while more were only denied by injury.
Given what Tottenham stand to lose, and what their rivals could
potentially gain, £150m suddenly looks reasonable, as mad as it
And if City have learned anything over the past decade, it’s
that you can’t put a price on a prolific top-flight striker.