Tottenham striker to be fined for not attending pre-season training, Chelsea want’s to convince Inter to sell Lukaku
Tottenham are set to fine striker Harry Kane for not showing up for pre-season training on Monday, it is understood.
The 28-year-old was due to return to Hotspur Way on Monday following a short holiday as speculation around his future gathers pace.
At the end of June, Manchester City made a £100m bid for the England captain.
Kane is valued at upwards of £120m and Tottenham are keen to keep him despite the striker believing he has a gentleman’s agreement with Daniel Levy.
Levy, who has appointed Juventus’ former football officer Fabio Paratici as the club’s new managing director of football, said in June he sympathises with Kane’s frustrations about the lack of silverware at Spurs, but hinted a deal could be difficult to do.
Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, meanwhile, said after last season’s Champions League final that the club will be “competitive and aggressive” this summer, and are aiming to strengthen by bringing “quality to the squad in a couple of key positions”.
Elsewhere in London Chelsea hope to convince Inter to sell Romelu Lukaku by making a sizeable bid this summer. The Stamford Bridge side are in the hunt for a new striker, having seen Olivier Giroud leave this summer.
Chelsea already have Erling Haaland and Harry Kane on their list of targets, but Borussia Dortmund are not willing to sell the former during this transfer window and Tottenham are not letting their star man join their London rivals.
Lukaku, 28, has blossomed into one of the world’s top strikers in recent years.
He scored 24 goals and registered 11 assists in Serie A last season as the Nerazzurri secured the league title.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals in the Italian top-flight in 2020-21.
Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 but was unable to secure a place in the first team.
The Premier League side are willing to offer Marcos Alonso to the Serie A side in part-exchange for the striker.
Chelsea believe they can capitalise on Inter’s financial difficulties and that a big offer will make them consider letting the Belgium star leave.
Tottenham remain in talks with Atalanta over a deal for centre-back Cristian Romero.
Spurs have made an offer of at least £34m (€40m) for the Argentina international but no fee has been agreed with the Italian club.
Personal terms with the 23-year-old are not expected to be a problem if the two clubs can agree a fee, with Tottenham prepared to give Romero a five-year deal plus an option of a further year.
Tottenham’s new managing director of football Fabio Paratici has intensified discussions over Romero, who also attracted interest from Manchester United earlier this summer, after already sealing a loan deal for Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.