Craig Burley has told ESPN that Chelsea would have preferred to sign Harry Kane over Romelu Lukaku this summer, but saw Tottenham’s valuation of the striker as a major stumbling block.
Kane looked set to leave the club after reportedly expressing his desire to seek pastures new, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stood firm with his valuation and intentions to keep him in north London.
Manchester City looked to be the likely destination for Kane and showed the most interest, seeing a £100 million offer rejected by the Spurs chief.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel also hinted at his side’s intentions over the summer, confirming his own personal interest in acquiring the striker’s signature.
As such, neither move ever materialised, succumbing Kane to another season in N17, which led to the Blues chasing after Inter striker Lukaku in a club-record £97.5 million return to Stamford Bridge.
But according to former Chelsea midfielder Burley, the club would not have pursued a deal for the Belgian if Kane was truly available for a transfer this summer.
Burley told ESPN FC: “Chelsea apparently had some sort of discussions with Kane’s representatives, and possibly with Tottenham.
“Ultimately, I think Chelsea would have taken Harry Kane if the money had been right. I don’t think there is a doubt about that.
“[But] I don’t think they could meet the valuation that Daniel Levy set — like Manchester City, so they went for the other target, which is Romelu Lukaku.
“But in my opinion, Kane still would have been above Lukaku as a striker.”
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Kane was never as available on the transfer market as many claimed he was. Levy was never going to let his prize asset leave, and placed a price tag that would fend off all the interest – which happened with City and Chelsea ultimately. With Lukaku now back with the Blues, that is another club off the table in the Kane saga.
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