Tottenham have been planning for the likely departure of their star player Harry Kane for weeks.
According to Sportsmail in February, Spurs had placed an unofficial price tag of more than £150million on the England captain.
At that time, Tottenham made discreet enquiries about the terms required by Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland, only to be put off by demands of £350,000 a week.
It is also understood that at scouting and recruitment level talks about planning for a future without Kane have been going on since that period.
Recruitment staff have already identified which players they might be able to take in part-exchange from both Manchester clubs. City’s Brazilian, Gabriel Jesus, was one name and United’s Anthony Martial was another.
With even Europe’s biggest clubs not awash with money after so long without fans, there is a feeling at Spurs that a straight cash deal could be hard to come by.
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A complication is that Levy is determined not to deal with the two Manchester clubs if at all possible.
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