Kevin Phillips believes that Pep Guardiola is merely trying to play mind games by hinting that Manchester City cannot afford to sign Harry Kane this summer.
Reports over the last couple of months have backed City to make a big effort to land the Tottenham striker.
However, poaching Kane away from Spurs will certainly not be easy, with the striker still having three years left on his contract.
Some sources have claimed that Tottenham remain resolute in their wish to hold on to the 27-year-old and that it would take a near-world record fee to get Daniel Levy to the negotiating table.
In an apparent hint at the Kane situation, Guardiola told Catalan news outlet TV3 that City might be priced out of a move for a new centre-forward this summer.
However, Phillips is not in any doubt that the Premier League champions can afford to pay Tottenham’s asking price for the England captain.
When asked about the City boss’ comments, the former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “It’s just mind games. Every manager does it. He quoted £150million and said they can’t pay that, of course, they can.
“Maybe for financial fair play but in terms of the money the owners have got, they can afford it. Is Harry Kane worth £150million when he’s going to be 28 soon?
“It’s crazy money. They won’t get any return for it so they are writing off £150million. It’s mind games. When you’re talking that kind of money you have to start putting pressure on the clubs to see whether they buckle.
“Does Daniel Levy need to do that? We will have to wait and see, but Man United’s interest is huge. They can afford Kane as well, don’t worry about that.”
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With Financial Fair Play rules being relaxed owing to the financial impact of the pandemic, City can certainly afford to pay Levy’s asking price for Kane. I expect Guardiola’s men to end up with one of either Haaland or Lukaku as they would likely cost less than Kane would.
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