Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov says Manchester City must pay what Daniel Levy wants and do it quickly if they have any chance of securing a deal for Harry Kane this summer.
Kane, 28, is to miss Tottenham’s Europa Conference League opener on Thursday against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira as the Englishmen continues his fitness regime programme back at Hotspur Way.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo was quizzed on the talisman in his pre-match press conference to the game on Thursday and was asked if there was any chance the Euro 2020 star could be in line for a return against Wolves on the weekend.
“I cannot answer that. What I can tell you is he’s better. He’s getting his fitness better and better each day,” explained the head coach.
“He worked today, he’s going to work tomorrow and he’s going to join the group on Friday. And on Saturday we’re going to make a decision on who’s going to be involved in the next game.”
When asked if he’s spoken to Kane, he added: “We spoke with all the players, on a daily basis. When we are with them, it is normal to speak with all the players.”
One striker who knows all well about trying to navigate his exit from Tottenham Hotspur is ex-Bulgarian International Berbatov.
The now 40-year-old retired footballer has been in the same predicament as Kane before, and he himself secured a late move to Manchester United in 2008 after Levy played hardball with the Old Trafford-based club at the time.
He spoke to Betfair about how the 28-year-old’s future, and said that a deal dragging on until deadline day will be no good for anybody, and that there is only one way City can get a deal done.
“I know first-hand that it is a very difficult situation, but even with everything going on I would like to see him play,” the Bulgarian said.
“At least that way he could help the team. If he doesn’t get involved in any matches, then I think we have a problem.
“I also read the reports about a supposed broken promise between Kane and Daniel Levy, it’s easy in this situation to have accusations flying all over the place, the only people who know the true story are Harry Kane, his agent and Daniel Levy.
“If they did speak at the end of last season and they had a gentleman’s agreement which has been broken, it isn’t a great situation and it’s no surprise that Kane is [annoyed].
“I have been in this situation and all I have to say is that they should have expected and anticipated this.
“Kane’s team shouldn’t have been so naive with this situation because football is a business. Of course, we like that gentlemen’s style of shaking hands and saying, ‘yes, you have my word’, but sometimes in football it doesn’t work like this and you get angry. You have to expect for these things to happen and plan how to avoid it or react to it when it happens.
“In this case, the only scenario I can see that will resolve the situation is for City to give Daniel Levy what he wants, knowing how he does business that’s the only way Kane will go. He is going to be tough up until the last minute of the transfer window.
“If it does go up to deadline day it will be no good for anyone. It’s not the right way to do business. Look at how City did business with Aston Villa for Jack Grealish, £100million transfer, no one offended, and the player had the chance to prepare.”
The latest on last season’s top goalscorer for the Lillywhites is that Sheikh Mansour is prepared to table a £150m offer to at least get Levy and co. to the negotiating table to see what can be done in terms of striking a deal.
If Kane was to go, it is believed that Serie A duo Lautaro Martinez and Dusan Vlahovic are two options being considered by Fabio Paratici to replace the 28-year-old, with the latter looking more likely at this point after the Fiorentina president recently hinted at a possible exit of the Serbian striker this summer.
Sunday could be the real acid test in seeing where Kane’s future could lie once deadline day passes at the end of the month