Manchester City are reportedly prepared to outbid their rivals to complete a deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer.
The England captain has asked to leave Spurs in pursuit of silverware.
Kane has not won a major trophy in his senior career, despite coming close in two League Cup finals and in the club’s 2019 Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.
City’s dominance of English football under Pep Guardiola would entice the 27-year-old to move to the Premier League champions.
The club are one of very few worldwide who can afford Kane. Manchester United, Chelsea and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain are also keen – but City are willing to finance a move that will cost at least £120million.
Kane is believed to earn around £200,000 per week at Tottenham.
City will lose record goalscorer Sergio Aguero this summer, who is set to depart after 10 years when his contract expires next month. Guardiola would see Kane as the ideal replacement, according to the Daily Star.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly unwilling to sell to a top-flight rival.
But Kane believes he has a gentleman’s agreement to leave this year. Levy knocked back advanced from City last summer.
In a revealing interview with former England coach Gary Neville, Kane revealed that he wants to have an “honest” conversation with Levy about his future.
The forward, who has scored 32 times this season, believes he holds the cards despite still having three years remaining on his contract.
“I think there is definitely a conversation to be had. It’s a moment where I have to reflect and have a conversation with the chairman,” Kane told the former Man Utd defender in an interview filmed before news of him asking to leave broke earlier this week.
“I hope we have a good enough relationship. After 16 years, I hope that we can have an honest conversation.
“I hope we have a good enough relationship. I’ve given the club… well, I’ve been there 16 years of my life. So, I hope that we can have a good, honest conversation and see where we are at in that aspect.
“I don’t want to have come to the end of my career and have any regrets.
“So, I want to be the best that I can be. I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.
“I still feel like I’ve still got almost another career to play. I’ve got another seven or eight years. I’m not rushing anything. I’m not desperate to do anything.
“I feel like for sure I’ve got so much more to give. I feel like I can be even better than what I’ve been. I can produce better numbers than what I’m producing at the moment.
“I’m not afraid to say that I want to be the best. I’m not afraid to say I want to try get on the level that Ronaldo and Messi got to. You know, that’s my ultimate goal.
“That’s my aim, to be winning trophies season in, season out. Scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out.
“That’s the standard I want to set myself.”