Harry Kane’s Tottenham decision could work in Chelsea’s favour in Premier League title race

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After all the rumours, the EURO 2020 tournament, 90 per cent of the transfer window, holidays, isolation and conjecture, Harry Kane has said he is staying at Tottenham Hotspur for the foreseeable future.

The England striker has seemingly given up any hopes of a move to Manchester City this summer with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refusing to budge on the £150million valuation he put on the head of his star frontman.

The “Gentlemen’s Agreement” that was reportedly struck between Kane and Levy when he signed a six-year contract extension (with no release clause) as a 24-year-old that would allow him to leave never materialised.

Kane is staying put after a summer of rumour with Manchester City, as understood by football.london , only offering £75million up front plus £25million in add-ons to take one of the best strikers in the world to the Etihad.

In a statement posted on social media, Kane wrote: “It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”

Pep Guardiola has already bolstered his ranks with the British transfer record capture of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100million but with the departure of Sergio Aguero at the end of his contract, City needed a new number nine.

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They have yet to find one and Chelsea have snared one of the best who was available this summer in Romelu Lukaku for £97.5million. Erling Haaland is another but some reportedly outrageous wages and agents fees have put pay to any move this summer.

This time next year could be different however with the Norwegian superstar reportedly available for half the transfer fee that he would have cost now.

Chelsea were, of course, linked with a move for Kane as they are one of the very few clubs who could actually afford to sign the Spurs striker, but the likelihood of Levy dealing with Chelsea over such a marquee player like Kane is as rare a rocking horse you know what.

Chelsea will certainly be out of that race for the Borussia Dortmund man now that they have brought in Lukaku. City will be major players for Haaland and Manchester United also hold a big interest in the striker.

But for this season, with City missing out on Kane, what could that mean for the title race? City are still favourites which is no surprise, they have won three of the last four Premier League titles and boast the best squad in the top flight.

But Chelsea are not far behind them, especially having signed Lukaku to address the one glaring area that needed fixing off the back of the very successful first six months of the Thomas Tuchel reign in west London.

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City and Guardiola will find a way to cope, that you can be sure of. Gabriel Jesus is still in the north west while Ferran Torres has been touted as potentially filling that central striker role having had a season to bed in at the Etihad.

But have Chelsea perhaps got the upper hand with the true, elite number nine in their squad they now have with Lukaku? The Belgian is in his prime at 28, has enjoyed two goal-laden years at Inter Milan to rediscover his swagger and is already off the mark for the Blues.

Lukaku put in a complete central striker’s performance during the 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend, finally getting off the mark for Chelsea nine years after his first debut for the club by tapping home Reece James’ cross that was put on a plate for the Belgian frontman to finish.

Of course, City will find a way. They usually always do (unless they are coming up against Chelsea in a Champions League final when Guardiola went full Pep) but have Chelsea got the upper hand in the very early stages of the season? We shall see.

Source by Football London

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