Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea DID hold talks with Harry Kane’s agents this summer, on the eve of facing his club Tottenham… but Blues boss thought £150m striker would join Man City instead
- Manchester City fell short in their bid to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane
- Daniel Levy demanded £150million for him, a figure City were unable to match
- Kane then announced he would stay at Spurs and focus on leading them to glory
- Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said his club held talks with Kane’s agents too
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed the club held talks with Harry Kane’s representatives over a potential move this summer, but a deal was ‘never close’.
Tottenham striker Kane was locked in a lengthy transfer saga during the window after revealing he wanted to leave, with Manchester City also heavily interested.
But after neither club matched his hefty £150million price tag, Kane announced he would remain in north London, despite Tuchel believing he would join City.
Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Chelsea held talks with Harry Kane’s agents over the summer
Kane is represented by his brother Charlie, and they did not get the summer move he wanted
‘We never had a list with his name on it and I never went to Marina [Granovskaia] to tell her to buy him,’ Tuchel added. ‘But the club sorted out the situation.
‘There are many people around players, their agents and advisors and people in between and we had some information from these people but it was never that close that we had to experience the rivalry.
‘We know about the rivalry but I had a feeling that it was never that far.’
Chelsea boss Tuchel said he expected Kane to move to Manchester City instead of his team
Kane was pursued by a number of the biggest clubs around the world, including City and Manchester United, but Daniel Levy’s refusal to sell for any less than his huge price tag proved a stumbling block.
Tuchel openly revealed he held an interest in Kane back in May, but has now said he was pleased to see his former target choose to stay with his current side.
He also pointed out that Romelu Lukaku is a ‘good fit’ for his team, and highlighted the importance of players remaining at one club for the entirety of their careers.
‘I thought that this is going to happen,’ Tuchel added on Kane’s move to City. ‘No I was not scared, but if it would have happened I would have been very interested in how maybe it would have changed Manchester City’s style of playing.
Kane (left) revealed he would remain at Spurs and pledged to focus solely on helping them win
‘We are not afraid of anyone. We accept any team and Manchester City, Man Utd and Liverpool, they are the teams strong like no other in this league and they have strong squads.
‘These are the guys with whom we want to compete and it’s normal that they fight for the best players and I thought this is maybe going to happen.
‘On one side I was happy that he stayed because it is also nice that it exists in football that players play for one club only and so Harry Kane is Tottenham.
‘Even for me I have absolutely nothing to do with Tottenham, I have never worked for them, when I think about Tottenham in the last decade you think about Harry Kane and this is very nice.
The statement from Kane saw Pep Guardiola (left) and City forced to admit defeat in their bid
‘Like you think about [Lionel] Messi and straight away you think about Barcelona and it is very hard to think that he plays for another club now and that’s the same for Harry Kane.
‘So from this side, I was happy because I like it and a part of my personality is still a fan and I like that things like this happen. It is also nice that Romelu [Lukaku] is back at Chelsea and some things are a good fit and should not be changed.’
Kane has scored two goals in five matches for Tottenham this season, while Lukaku has hit the ground running, netting four times in as many games.