Harry Kane saw his name in the transfer rumors all summer as Manchester City expressed interest in the 28-year-old. However, no move would occur, but it appears as though Kane had another suitor.
In a segment on ESPN FC previewing the matchup between Chelsea and Tottenham, pundit and former Chelsea FC midfielder Craig Burley discussed The Blues’ conversations with Kane’s representatives and possibly the north London over the England captain.
Ultimately Thomas Tuchel’s side ended up splashing £97.5million for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku. But according to Burley, Chelsea preferred to work out a deal for the Tottenham striker before settling on the Belgium international. Nonetheless, the price for Kane prevented them from pursuing further talks for Kane.
“Chelsea apparently had some sort of discussions with Kane’s representatives, and possibly with Tottenham. Ultimately, I think Chelsea would have taken Harry Kane if the money had been right. I don’t think there is a doubt about that,” Burley said.
“[But] I don’t think they could meet the valuation that Daniel Levy set — like Manchester City, so they went for the other target, which is Romelu Lukaku. But in my opinion, Kane still would have been above Lukaku as a striker.”
Lukaku has hit the ground running since joining Chelsea this summer, scoring four goals in four appearances for the South London side. Tottenham will have their hands in trying to slow down Lukaku as the two clubs meet on Sunday.