Spurs' Kane misses Manchester City clash amid ongoing transfer saga

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Harry Kane missed Tottenham Hotspur's opening match of the Premier League campaign against Manchester City on Sunday.

His absence came amid an ongoing transfer saga between the two clubs.

The striker only returned to training Friday after arriving late from a trip to the United States.

"Harry needs to work, he worked today, and he will keep on working until he is ready to help the team," Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo told Sky Sports before a surprising 1-0 victory to begin his spell in charge.

"He worked in the morning, I don't know what he is going to do," he added.

Manchester City will increase their efforts to sign Kane next week and have prepared a €150-million bid (around £127.6 million) for the 28-year-old, according to The Guardian's Fabrizio Romano. It's understood Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's asking price could be as high as £160 million.

Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, and Steven Bergwijn led Spurs' attack in Kane's stead, while promising 17-year-old forward Dane Scarlett was an unused substitute. Defensive midfielder Oliver Skipp started after a fine season on loan at Norwich City.

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Skipp, Hojbjerg; Bergwijn, Alli, Lucas; Son

Substitutes: Gollini; Davies, Doherty, Gil, Lo Celso, Romero, Scarlett, Sissoko, Winks

For the visitors, Jack Grealish made his full Manchester City debut. He predominantly featured as a No. 8 behind a fluid frontline with Ferran Torres as the central attacker.

Nathan Ake started over John Stones and Aymeric Laporte despite his error in last weekend's Community Shield defeat to Leicester City. Kevin De Bruyne couldn't put City on level terms when he was brought on in the 79th minute.

Manchester City starting XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Grealish; Mahrez, Torres, Sterling

Substitutes: Steffen; Zinchenko, Laporte, Walker, Stones, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Jesus

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