Report: Manchester City plan talks with Tottenham over Kane transfer

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Manchester City are taking the bait.

The Premier League champions have already been in touch with Harry Kane's representatives after the striker reportedly requested a summer transfer on Monday and plan to open talks with Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Guardian's Fabrizio Romano.

City's current record transfer fee is less than £65 million. It's understood they will have to part with more than twice that amount to encourage Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to sell, with some reports pricing Kane at around £150 million.

Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with the England captain. Kane has apparently made it clear that he would prefer to remain in the Premier League.

Despite his prized asset's attempts to break free, Levy is determined to convince Kane that he could have a fruitful future at the club, and the appointment of a new manager could be part of that process. Twenty-nine-year-old Ryan Mason is currently the team's interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April.

The closest Kane has come to winning a trophy over the course of his career is a runner-up finish in the Champions League and two League Cup final defeats. He's won the Premier League Golden Boot twice and was named PFA Fans' Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

"Individual awards are great. They're fantastic achievements. At the end of my career, these are things I will go over and take in a little bit more. But the goal right now as a player is to win team trophies," Kane, 27, said last month. "As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes there is to offer as a team, and we're not quite doing that."

Tottenham are currently positioned sixth in the Premier League table and are out of contention for a spot in the 2021-22 Champions League campaign.

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