Harry Kane did not report back to Tottenham this morning, as the striker stepped up his attempts to secure a transfer to Manchester City.
Kane was due to return to Spurs for Covid testing following an extended break after the European Championship finals but chose not to show up, suggesting he is effectively ready to go on strike to force his way out of the club.
Kane is determined to leave Spurs this summer and believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with chairman Daniel Levy to allow him to go for the right price.
He wants to join City, who have already indicated that they would be willing to pay £100million, plus players in part-exchange, for the England captain.
Spurs are thought to value Kane at least £150m and have insisted they do not want to sell the 28-year-old, who has three years remaining on his contract.
Kane has grown frustrated at Tottenham's failure to win silverware and informed the club in May that he wanted to leave this summer.
City have emerged as the only viable option for Kane, who wants to stay in England, but they are also pursuing a £100m deal for his England team-mate Jack Grealish, who reported back to Aston Villa this morning.
Spurs were this morning refusing to comment on Kane's no-show but Levy warned in June that he will "do whatever is right for the club" when it comes to deciding the forward's future.
Kane has insisted he will be the master of his own fate, however, telling Gary Neville on The Overlap podcast in May: "I’m sure that [Levy] will want to set out the plan of where he sees it but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career this moment in time."
Spurs are closing in on agreeing a fee with Atalanta, thought be around £47m, for Argentine centre-half Christian Romero. The 23-year-old would be the club’s second most expensive transfer after Tanguy Ndombele and their third signing of the summer, after Bryan Gil and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
Aberdeen are among eight clubs Spurs could face in the Europa Conference League play-off round, with the draw this afternoon.
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