Man City stand ‘no chance’ of swift Harry Kane transfer due to opening fixture
Manchester City have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Tottenham forward Harry Kane after the release of the Premier League fixtures for the 2021/22 season.
The new season gets underway on August 14 with Spurs hosting the champions in North London.
The Premier League fixtures were announced at 9am on Wednesday morning, with Spurs' opening six fixtures particularly difficult.
After initially facing Man City, (H), Wolves (A) and newly promoted Watford (H), Kane and co will have a trio of London derbies; Crystal Palace (A) and Champions League winning Chelsea (H) before the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
Pep Guardiola and the Man City board had been hoping to get the Kane deal over the line rather swiftly but, with the two sides battling it out on the opening day of the new season, that now seems nigh on impossible.
The Spaniard is in need of a new centre-forward after losing star man Sergio Aguero to Barcelona; Gabriel Jesus is also reportedly unsettled and could be used as part of a swap deal for Kane.
The England captain won the Premier League golden boot for a third time last season, netting 23 times.
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Reports that Kane is unsettled have alerted the City hierarchy but they will have to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea who are also interested in securing the services of one of England's finest marksmen.
But that is all set to change following the announcement that Tottenham would face Man City on the opening day of the new season, with the Telegraph rubbishing reports that Kane would be making a swift exit from Tottenham:
"There is no chance of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy brokering a deal that could see Kane line up against Tottenham for City on the opening day, for what will also be Paulo Fonseca’s first competitive game as the new head coach
"Levy has already warned that he will do what is right for Tottenham in terms of Kane’s future, with the club's valuation of their star man remaining at £150 million.
"Even if City are prepared to get close to that figure, then they could now be made to wait until after the first game of the season to sign Kane or accept that he cannot play in the fixture.
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"Levy is well aware of the anger among supporters and will not risk the planned return of fans for the first game, together with Fonseca’s first match in charge, being overshadowed by Kane immediately facing Tottenham."
That will delight fans of Manchester United and Chelsea who may now fancy their chances of beating City in the race to sign the England captain.
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