Tottenham are keen on signing Manchester City pair Gabriel Jesus and Nathan Ake as part of a deal that would see Harry Kane head in the opposite direction, according to reports. The England international is keen to leave north London behind after a chastening campaign under both Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason. And while Spurs are eager for Mauricio Pochettino to return as manager, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to keep their prized asset.
Kane burst onto the scene during Pochettino’s time at the club and, in the years since, has established himself as one of the best strikers in world football.
Even though Tottenham toiled this season, the England international still won the Premier League Golden Boot – beating Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the accolade.
Kane has hinted in recent times that he feels the time is right to leave Tottenham, admitting he wants to win the biggest and best trophies on offer.
Spurs’ last silverware came back in 2008, during Juande Ramos’ time in charge, with the club losing Carabao Cup and Champions League finals in the years since.
Manchester United are admirers of Kane, though Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho appears to be their priority at the current moment in time.
And Manchester City are working hard behind the scenes to broker a deal, especially in the wake of their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday night.
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Now, the Daily Mail say Tottenham have picked two players they want as part of a potential Kane swap deal.
Jesus is one, with the Brazil international unhappy at his lack of game time under Pep Guardiola.
The 24-year-old has been at the Etihad Stadium ever since arriving from Palmeiras back in 2016, often being stuck in the shadow of Sergio Aguero.
Even though Aguero has since joined Barcelona, Jesus isn’t expected to be City’s No 9 going forward.
However, the publication admits his stance on a move to Tottenham is unknown – especially with Spurs having no Champions League football to offer the Samba star.
Ake only moved to City from Bournemouth in last summer’s transfer window, with the former Chelsea star joining in a £41million deal.
But the Netherlands international endured a problematic first season with Guardiola’s side due to injury regularly restricting his chances of making the same.
The 26-year-old made just nine appearances in the Premier League and didn’t make a single appearance in the Champions League since the turn of the year.
Yet it’s claimed he, too, may need some convincing in order to return to London – having previously enjoyed stints at Chelsea and Watford.
City may also cut America Laporte loose.
But a move to Tottenham is unlikely to appeal for the centre-back, who recently switched international allegiances from France to Spain.
He was recently coy when asked about his future, saying: “When you asked me that in this period I was playing more I think or maybe less but I don’t know, the situation is very different now.
“I will not say nothing here, it’s something personal.”
Meanwhile, Danny Mills thinks Chelsea may end up winning the race for Kane – instead of City – because of their recent Champions League final triumph.
“It’s going to be interesting isn’t it, to see what they do,” Mills told Sky Sports News.
“Obviously all the talk is about Harry Kane and Erling Haaland, possibly [Kylian] Mbappe.
“But who do Manchester City bring in with Sergio Aguero leaving? I think they do need to strengthen in that area.
“Whether they go out for the out-and-out No 9 will be very, very interesting.
“Obviously the two obvious candidates are Haaland and obviously Harry Kane.”
He then added: “I actually think Harry Kane would be very well suited to Chelsea.
“The way that he plays, with all that pace either side of him, the attacking five or six players of Chelsea that have the legs that can run around him, that can create those chances for him.
“That would be very, very interesting. And if Harry Kane wants to win trophies, Chelsea have proven that they can do that.”