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Harry Kane scored four goals in seven games for England at Euro 2020

The Premier League champions were quickly crushed on Friday when Tottenham agreed to sell Harry Kane to Manchester City for a British transfer record of £ 160million.

But where is the future of the English captain? BBC Sport’s Simon Stone answers some of the most important questions.

Are City Kane the most likely travel destination?
Kane has made it clear that he wants to leave Tottenham – and City has always been seen as his club of choice.

He spoke in glowing terms about blues playmaker Kevin de Bruyne ahead of Euro 2020, and manager Pep Guardiola is known to be interested.

Reports first surfaced in May that the 27-year-old might leave Spurs after 17 years, and last month the BBC reported that preliminary talks had been held between the two clubs. Sources from both, however, distanced themselves from suggestions that City had made an official £ 100 million offer. But City has at no point tried to dampen speculation about her pursuit of Kane.

City has also been watching Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, but the German club have ruled out the 21-year-old leaving this summer.

Guardiola’s side are looking for a new striker following record scorer Sergio Agüero’s departure to Barcelona despite winning the title last season while mostly playing without a recognized striker.

Would Spurs really let him go?

Harry Kane, far right, was the Premier League’s top scorer last season with 23 goals

Sources have told BBC Sport that Kane – who has a contract until 2024 – has neither submitted an official transfer request nor directly communicated a move request.

It is understood that Kane thinks he has a gentlemanly agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that would allow him to leave the club this summer.

But that will likely be tested as Levy is not the type to be pressured into selling one of his star players.

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Last season’s top scorer in the Premier League is notoriously frustrated after yet another trophy-less campaign at Spurs.

Kane, who turns 28 next week, has still not won a club or country trophy and is believed to have decided to move to pursue his professional ambitions.

Last week, Spurs new manager Nuno Espirito Santo was firmly convinced that Kane was “our player”, adding: “No need to talk about anything else, I look forward to seeing him join the group.”

And will City pay £ 160 million?
City sources say they won’t pay that much. Despite being one of the top spending clubs in the world, they paid no more than about £ 65million on a single player fee they paid Benfica for center-back Ruben Dias last summer, and while Kane is known to have been given, it would be clear pay more, there are limits that the city would not cross.

City is one of the few clubs that has some flexibility in their spending as their financial strength has protected them from the worst of the pandemic.

So is he going to move?
It is too early to say at this point.

Levy is a passionate negotiator and Kane is a determined young man. Their relationship goes back a long way, so it’s doubtful they’d want to argue about it.

An important part of this, however, will be Fabio Paratici, the club’s new football manager.

Paratici came from Juventus Turin and has an extensive contact book as an observer in Colchester for Tottenham’s 3-0 friendly win on Wednesday, which he had almost constantly on the phone.

If he can make the right signings – and with crowd-pleaser Son Heung-min just entrusting his long-term future to the club – Spurs can potentially present a future without Kane, as fans will reluctantly accept.

A clear date for everyone, however, is August 15th. The opening weekend of the Premier League when Tottenham hosts Manchester City.

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