Harry Kane has been urged to join Manchester City this summer by former right-back Pablo Zabaleta.
The England star was absent from Spurs’ 1-0 success over the champions on Sunday, as Nuno Espirito Santo showed just what his side could do without their talisman if he does indeed move up north before the transfer window closes on August 31.
football.london understands that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not consider a sale unless an offer of around £150million comes in from Sheikh Mansour before the deadline passes.
Portuguese boss Espirito Santo revealed after the game that Kane himself will soon be joining the rest of the first team as their Europa Conference League campaign kicks off later this week against Paços de Ferreira.
“Harry, like Bryan [Gil], Cristian Romero, they joined us later,” the former Wolves boss said in his post-match press conference.
“For Cristian and Bryan it was very important to be here today. To feel the atmosphere and be in the stadium and be in the hotel, attending the meeting, but knowing they don’t have too many sessions with us.
“Harry worked this morning, he is preparing himself and when he is ready he will join the group and help the team.”
Whilst talk continues behind the scene about a potential Cityzens move for the Euro 2020 star, former City right-back Zabaleta has admitted that it’s the ‘right time to move’ this summer for the serial goalscorer.
Speaking about the situation, Zabaleta told the PA news agency via football365: “We’ll see if the money is there and [if City] will splash the money for Harry Kane but [it] will be nice to see him playing for City.
“He’s in the right moment for him to go to a different club and have [a] different experience, when you look at all the top teams they are looking for players who can score 25 goals a season, you always need players like that.
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“Obviously Sergio [Aguero] left the club and they only have Gabriel Jesus as a proper striker. We all know the quality of Kane if you want to win trophies and [he] knows he’s done enough for Spurs and wants to move, maybe City are one of those clubs.”
Fans of the north London club made their stance clear during the contest on Sunday, chanting: ‘Are you watching Harry Kane,’ after Heung-min Son scored in the 56th minute.
Regardless of fans wanting to see Kane stay, it is the 28-year-old himself who will have the final say on where his future will be on August 31.