Ornstein: No Levy U-turn as Kane report takes City, Spurs by ‘surprise’

Date published: Friday 23rd July 2021 3:30 - Joe Williams

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The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has rejected reports that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made a U-turn on his stance over Harry Kane this summer.

It was understood earlier in the summer that Levy would stand strong in the face of any interest in Kane with the England international simply not for sale.

Manchester City have been heavily linked to the Spurs star with reports last month claiming they had lodged a £100m bid, plus players, for the 27-year-old.

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And The Sun yesterday claimed that Spurs chairman Levy had now ‘agreed to let him join an English rival’ with Kane ‘poised for a £160m move’.

But the reliable Ornstein has dismissed those rumours with his sources at City and Spurs surprised by such claims.

Ornstein said on Sky Sports: “I’ve got full respect for others’ reports but that’s not my information. Speaking to people at both clubs it’s taken them a little bit by surprise.

“If we focus on your question, because we know there’s interest there from Manchester City and we know that Harry Kane would like to leave Tottenham, we’ve reported that and talked about it on here in depth.

“So I don’t think there is a U-turn in Daniel Levy’s mind. If Manchester City get to the level he would expect, which we thought to be around £150m – this report says £160m – then there is potentially a conversation to be had.

“But I’m not sure Manchester City are prepared to go to that level and so I can’t really talk about a U-turn in the mind of Daniel Levy just yet. Clearly Harry Kane maybe pushing to leave and there are surely a lot of conversations going on behind the scenes – but I don’t think this one is going to get resolved quickly.

“If it does happen I think it will be at the very end of the transfer window.”

Meanwhile, former England international Trevor Sinclair doubts City will spend £100m or more on one player this summer.

Sinclair told talkSPORT: “If you look at the principles Man City try and stick to and their philosophy, I can’t see them spending £100m on a player.

“They don’t want to spend that kind of money. They’ve already had to invest a lot from when Sheikh Mansour took over the football club.

“They were so far behind everybody on the pitch and not even that they had to invest into their training facility because Carrington wasn’t up to it.

“They’ve never broken [transfer] records. They’ve never been near breaking Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea.

“All the other clubs are buying players for £80m or £90m, Man City are not near that. I don’t think that’s by accident, I think that’s by design.

“They’ve just won the league. They didn’t win the Champions League through a lack of quality either, it’s because they made mistakes.

“I’ve always been quite impressed with Man City since Pep took over because they keep their cards very close to their chest.

“If you look at any gossip pages to do with sport, it’s very rarely you hear anything about Manchester City.

“I think Txiki [Begiristain] does his work, he keeps it very private. They’ll be a couple of rumours and usually its red herrings where they pretend they’re going for someone and they’ll leave that player alone for their actual main target.

“I’m not surprised they’re keeping their cards close to their chest and letting leaks come out to the media saying we’re interested in this player and that player.”


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