Manchester City have struck a blow. Yesterday, the residents of Etihad Stadium said they had reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Erling Haaland. An operation worth several million euros but which would not have been as expensive as expected for the Citizens. Between the transfer price, commissions and the player’s salary, the Skyblues will pay around 190 M€ in total instead of the 350 M€ announced. For his part, the striker will sign until 2027.
The end of the City track for Kane
Enough to satisfy the English leaders who overtook Real Madrid in the home stretch. A year after the departure of Sergio Agüero free at Barça, the Mancunians have finally found the size they wanted in attack. And if his arrival delighted the club as well as the supporters, it did not make everyone happy. Indeed, with the signing of the player from Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City has definitely drawn a line under Harry Kane. A year ago, however, he could have become the new star center forward of the English team.
Desired by Pep Guardiola, he had expressed his desire to leave Tottenham. After several years of good and loyal service, he felt he had had his day at Spurs and wanted to take up a new challenge. Despite rumors about a possible return of Mauricio Pochettino last summer, the Englishman wanted to leave at all costs and join City to finally win trophies according to him. Ready to go to the showdown, Kane did not appreciate the attitude of his president Daniel Levy, whom he accused of not having kept his promise to release him in the event of non-qualification in C1.
The forward could stay at Tottenham
He also didn’t like the fact that he turned down an offer of €145m from the Mancunians. the Telegram rather speaks of an amount of 117 M€ (100 M€ transfer and 17 M€ bonus) and adds that the London leaders felt that City were not ready to make real efforts for him. If Kane therefore wet the jersey for a long time, he ultimately did not succeed and he remained in London. For its part, Man City, who had tried CR7, did not recruit a No. 9. We thought then that the English club would return to the charge this summer.
But in the end, he decided to bet big on Erling Haaland and therefore made Kane a collateral victim according to the Telegram. Under contract until 2024 at Tottenham, the 28-year-old player (21 goals, 9 assists in 46 appearances this season) sees a door close. The one leading to Manchester United could well be closed too, Mauricio Pochettino not having been chosen to lead the Red Devils. Without his presence but also without the Champions League, seeing him join MU seems complicated or even impossible for the English media. For Harry Kane, who sees the opportunities dwindling, the plan would now be to stay at Tottenham, especially with a World Cup to be played between November and December. The end of the soap opera?