Chelsea have surprise Harry Kane transfer stance which is good news for Manchester United
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Chelsea will not prioritise the signing of Harry Kane – or any other big-name striker – this summer, according to reports. Chelsea are one of three clubs named by Sky Sports who have made contact with the representatives of Tottenham star Kane.
Manchester United and Manchester City are also interested in the England captain.
Chelsea look set to lose Olivier Giroud this summer, with the Frenchman’s contract coming to an end.
The future of Tammy Abraham also remains in doubt, with the Chelsea academy graduate falling out of favour under head coach Thomas Tuchel.
But despite the reported interest in Kane, signing a striker is not the main priority for the Blues.
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Transfer expert Ian McGarry says Chelsea will only pursue a striker signing if Abraham leaves the club.
And if that does happen, they will not be prepared to pay the fee Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wants for Kane.
“As far as Chelsea are concerned, they feel they’ve got enough attacking players,” McGarry said on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast.
“Yes, if Tammy Abraham wants to leave and they do sell him, they will probably recruit a centre-forward.
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“But again, like City, not in that stratosphere of £120million, maybe even up to £150m, that Daniel Levy is sure to ask for Harry Kane.”
The news will be a second boost to United’s chances of signing Kane.
That is because McGarry also claims City are not desperate to bring in the 27-year-old either.
“Manchester City are prioritising renewals for two of their other most-important players – Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus,” McGarry added.
“And we have been told that Kane is not a priority for them.
“Pep Guardiola believes that having played a full season and won the Premier League title again without much assistance from their main striker and record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, that they are quite well-suited to how they play and can compete without necessarily having to spend such a huge amount of money on a central striker.”
Meanwhile, former Tottenham striker Darren Bent cannot see Spurs selling to London rivals Chelsea unless they cough up £50m more than other interested parties.
“One of the clubs who have got that kind of money is Chelsea and they will throw everything at it,” Bent said on talkSPORT.
“Do I see Daniel Levy selling to Chelsea? I don’t, unless you add another £50m onto it, £200m.
“Although Chelsea have the money for it, the hatred between the two football clubs [will stop it].”
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