Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was left out of the squad that travelled to Portugal on Wednesday for a Europa Conference League playoff amid continuing speculation over the England captain’s future.
Manchester City are keen to sign Kane and were reported to have tabled a bid of £100 million (A$290m) in June.
Sky Sports’ Fabrizio Romano reports that City have an improved £130 million (A$247m) at the ready, although it’s understood Spurs chairman Daniel Levy isn’t willing to settle for anything less than £150 million (A$285m).
Earlier, this week the 28-year-old was named in a 25-man squad for the Europa Conference League playoff against Pacos de Ferreira but did not make the journey on Wednesday.
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Kane, who has three years left on his contract, only joined in first-team training on Tuesday after a period of self-isolation last week following his late return from holiday.
He then broke a social media silence on Wednesday, posting a picture of him at Spurs training captioned: “Another session in the bank.”
Kane was not involved in Tottenham’s win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday after not being deemed match fit enough.
Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo said Kane has been left out to work on his fitness and could yet play for his side in the Premier League on the weekend against Wolves.
“He will join the group on Friday and on Saturday we will make a decision about who is going to be involved in the next game,” Nuno said.
The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday that Kane was angry with Spurs chairman Levy on a failure to honour a promise that he could leave if the north London club failed to win a trophy or finished outside the top four last season.
WOLVES PREPARE FOR $86M RAID ON TOP STAR
Spurs are reportedly set to launch a bid for rapid Wolves star Adam Traore, if Kane leaves.
Traore was dangerous against Leicester in their season opener but couldn’t find the finishing touch in a 1-0 loss.
He has two years left on his contract at the Molineux but is yet to agree a new deal with Wolves amid ongoing interest from Liverpool and Spurs.
Sportmail reports that Traore is valued at about £45 million (A$85.5m), although Spurs are yet to make a formal approach.
ARSENAL SET TO SIGN REAL MADRID STAR
Arsenal are on the verge of a permanent deal for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, with Sky Sports reporting the club has agreed a fee for the midfielder worth an initial £30 million (A$57m).
The Norway international was reportedly in London on Wednesday undergoing a medical. If registered by Friday, he will be available to play Chelsea on Sunday given he’s fully vaccinated and won’t need to quarantine.
Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan for the second half of last season after failing to break into the Real Madrid team.
The 22-year-old scored just two goals in 20 appearances for the Premier League club, but impressed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta with his composed performances.
Odegaard was hoping to get a chance under new Real manager Carlo Ancelotti this season, but Arsenal look set to bring the Norway international back to the Emirates Stadium.
Odegaard joined Real as a highly-rated 16-year-old from Stromsgodset in 2015. But he has never established himself in Madrid, spending two seasons on loan at Heerenveen before temporary stints with Vitesse Arnhem, Real Sociedad and Arsenal.
Arteta has already signed Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga since the end of last season.
But Arsenal opened the Premier League season with a woeful 2-0 loss at promoted Brentford on Friday.
The Gunners face European champions Chelsea on Sunday in their first home game of the campaign.
… AND ANOTHER SIGNING IS ON THE WAY FOR THE GUNNERS
Odegaard isn’t the only bit of business Arsenal is set to complete this week with a deal struck in principle to sign Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Ramsdale was left out of the Blades’ squad to face West Brom on Wednesday ahead of a reported move with at least £24 million.
The fee could rise to £30 million (A$57m). if Ramsdale becomes the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper over Bernd Leno, according to Sky Sports.
Ramsdale, 23, is capped by England at under-18 and under-21 level, while he was Sheffield United’s player of the season in 2020-21 despite their relegation to the championship.
He was part of England’s Euro 2020 squad but didn’t feature.