Reading between the lines of Pep Guardiola's comments on signing Harry Kane in £160m deal
Harry Kane has been linked with a sensational transfer to Manchester City.
According to reports, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has softened his stance on selling the England international captain and will agree to a £160million sale of the forward.
Kane is said to have shaken hands on a £400,000-a-week contract with the Citizens, according to The Sun.
Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot last season despite Tottenham failing to win silverware.
He then shone at the Euros for England and his stock has never been higher than it is at this moment.
Manchester City, meanwhile, parted company with fan-favourite Sergio Aguero after 10 years, meaning they are without a world-class centre forward going into the new season.
Pep Guardiola has kept his cards close to his chest in regards to transfers, as he usually does.
But he was asked about the speculation surrounding Manchester City signing a big-money striker before the end of last season and appeared to suggest the situation is out of his hands.
Of course, any manager on the planet would love to have Harry Kane on their books.
And, if reports are to be believed, Kane is understandably happy at the prospect of earning £400,000-a-week and potentially winning silverware in his first season.
Levy, too, will understandably be happy at the prospect of making a British-record £160million from the sale.
But one big problem in all this is Manchester City have to agree to stump up the cash, and reading between the lines when Guardiola discussed the likelihood of his club breaking the bank this summer, it's not a foregone conclusion.
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"At the prices [quoted] we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it," explained Guardiola last season. "All clubs are struggling financially; we are not an exception.
"We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who have been incredible in this position. We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren't going to buy a striker for next season."