The Athletic have revealed that Manchester City officials and first-team staff were convinced that Harry Kane would arrive at the club this summer.
The Kane transfer saga was the longest-running of the transfer window by far and it seemed as though it might go down right to the wire.
However, it ended in a damp squib, with the striker taking to social media on Wednesday to reveal that he will be staying with Spurs this summer.
The Premier League champions’ final bid of €150m (£128m) for the 28-year-old was reportedly rejected by Daniel Levy, who stuck to his guns.
The Athletic’s Manchester City corresponded Sam Lee has now explained that there was a lot of confidence at the club that they would be able to strike a deal with Spurs for the England captain.
He revealed that club staff had prepared all the ‘Welcome Kane’ website and social media content well in advance.
Lee also claimed that in the build-up to the opening game of the season, City officials were even told to prepare for an imminent announcement of the striker’s arrival.
According to the journalist, the first-team staff at City always believed the deal would go through at some point.
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Journalists close to City have been saying all summer that the club were confident of striking a deal for Kane. It is quite difficult to understand where City’s confidence came from if Levy, as reported, failed to give them any encouragement.
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