Everyone knew getting Harry Kane to dump Tottenham Hotspur was not going to be an easy task.
And now Manchester City are reportedly preparing to admit defeat in their chase for the England captain after rumours surfaced linking them with another world-class striker.
According to The Daily Mirror, Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, is steadfast in his demand for £160m for any club that wishes to buy Kane, with the Daily Telegraph citing City sources as saying that they won’t pay such a figure.
It would be a British transfer record, and by some distance, but despite their apparent riches it seems Pep Guardiola is going to go shopping elsewhere.
As a former Bayern Munich coach, he knows all about the damage that Robert Lewandowski can do.
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On a weekly wage of €300,000 (£256,000), a tweet from earlier in July by BBC journalist, Neil Henderson, which references a Daily Mail article, suggests that City would be willing to accommodate those salary demands in order to land the Polish hit-man.