A report has again dismissed that there was a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between Harry Kane and Daniel Levy that he could leave Tottenham this summer.
Kane confirmed yesterday that he would be remaining a Tottenham player beyond the August transfer window after spending much of the summer angling for a move.
Manchester City were the only club with serious interest in landing Kane with the Citizens having had two bids rejected for the England captain.
The Athletic claim that City made their first offer in May by offering five players as part of the deal before offering £75m plus £25m of add-ons in June.
There were ‘no further bids’ for Kane but it has been claimed that City were ‘prepared to pay a fixed £100m plus £20-or-so million in add-ons, but Levy refused to negotiate’.
Kane failed to report to the training ground earlier this month and was subsequently fined two weeks’ wages after believing Levy had broken a ‘gentleman’s agreement’.
However, The Athletic add that Spurs maintain there was never any such agreement and that ‘Levy merely said he would listen to offers for him’.
On Levy’s choice to keep Kane this summer, The Athletic continue: ‘He felt deeply affronted by the conduct of Kane and his family throughout this process, from the leaking of Kane’s desire to leave and that Neville interview right at the climax of Spurs’ season in late May, through to Kane’s unauthorised absence from pre-season training at the start of this month.’
Despite all the speculation and Kane’s hopes of securing a move away from north London, ‘the move had been dead for weeks’ with City and Spurs not in contact since late July.
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with the news that Kane had agreed to stay at Tottenham.
“To us it says we are able to keep one of the best players in the world, this is important,” Nuno, who found out about Kane’s intention to stay just hours before the announcement, said.
“I think all the players have to show this belief that together we can make good things.”