Kane, 27, has informed Spurs of his desire to leave this summer, with City leading Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for his signing.
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Sources in City and Tottenham have denied that an official offer was made on Monday afternoon.
But sources said City are preparing to test the resolve of Spurs president Daniel Levy with an opening offer that could also include a more cash player proposal.
Sources said Levy would certainly reject any offer at this level given that Kane is valued at around £ 150million and has three years left on his current £ 200,000-per-week contract.
Kane has not made a written transfer request, and sources said Levy is determined to keep him at the club for at least another season, although the player believes he has a gentleman’s deal to leave this summer. .
Sources told ESPN that at least one candidate interviewed for the vacant leadership position at Spurs has been told that Kane will not be sold until the start of next season.
City are looking to step up their attack after allowing Sergio Aguero to leave after winning their third league title under Pep Guardiola in four seasons.
Sources told ESPN it was admitted at the Etihad Stadium that it would be difficult to remove Kane from Tottenham this summer given his importance to Spurs and his contractual situation.
While Guardiola are keen to add a striker to their squad, City are willing to wait a year if the right player isn’t available, as they did when they signed Rodri in 2019 and Ruben Dias in 2020.
It has been reported that Raheem Sterling could be one of the players to try Tottenham to sell Kane this summer, but sources told ESPN the England winger was unwilling to be used as a burden in a deal.
Kane recently admitted that City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne would be a ‘striker’s dream’ to play with, but he kept any talks about his future until the end of the club’s involvement. England in Euro 2020.