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

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  • Manchester City fall short in their bid to sign Tottenham frontman Harry Kane
  • Daniel Levy demanded £150 million for him, a figure City were unable to match.
  • Kane then announced that he would stay at Spurs and focus on leading them to glory.
  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said his club held talks with Kane’s representatives

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed the club is in talks with representatives for Harry Kane over a possible move this summer, but a deal was ‘never close’.

Tottenham striker Kane was locked in a protracted transfer saga during the window, after revealing that he wanted to leave, with Manchester City also very interested.

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But when neither club matched his hefty £150million price tag, Kane announced he would remain in north London, despite Tuchel’s belief that he would join City.

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Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea held talks with Harry Kane agents over the summer

‘We never had a list of his names and I’ve never been to the marina [Granovskaia] To ask him to buy it,’ Tuchel said. ‘But the club sorted out the situation.

‘There are players, their agents and mentors and many people in between and we had some information from these people but it was never close enough that we had to experience the rivalry.

‘We know about the rivalry but I had a feeling it was never that far off.’

Chelsea boss Tuchel said he hopes Kane moves to Manchester City instead of his team

Chelsea boss Tuchel said he hopes Kane moves to Manchester City instead of his team

Kane was followed by several big clubs around the world, including City and Manchester United, but Daniel Levy’s refusal to sell proved to be a stumbling block.

Tuchel openly revealed that he had an interest in Kane back in May, but has now said he was pleased to see his former target 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 staying at a club for the entirety of their careers.

‘I thought this was going to happen,’ Tuchel said of Ken going to town. ‘No, I wasn’t scared, but if it were I would be very interested in how it might have changed the way Manchester City played.

Kane (left) reveals he will remain at Spurs and vowed to focus solely on helping them win

Kane (left) reveals he will remain at Spurs and vowed to focus solely on helping them win

‘We are not afraid of anyone. We accept any team and Manchester City, Man Utd and Liverpool are as strong as any other in this league and they have a strong team.

‘These are the people we want to compete with and it’s normal that they fight for the best players and I thought that’s probably going to happen.

‘On the one hand I was happy that he stayed because it is also good that football exists that players only play for one club and so is Harry Kane Tottenham.

‘Even for me I have nothing to do with Tottenham, I’ve never worked for them, when I think of Tottenham in the last decade you think of Harry Kane and that’s a lot. It’s good.

Kane's statement sees Pep Guardiola and City forced to admit defeat in their pursuit

Kane’s statement sees Pep Guardiola and City forced to admit defeat in their pursuit

Kane has scored two goals in five games this season and will remain so at least until next summer.

Kane has scored two goals in five games this season and will remain so until at least next summer

‘as you think’ [Lionel] Messi and straight you think of Barcelona and it’s very hard to think that he plays for another club now and it’s the same for Harry Kane.

‘So aside from that, I was happy because I love it and part of my personality is still being a fan and I love that things like this happen. It’s also good that Romelu [Lukaku] Back at Chelsea and some things are good and should not be changed.’

Kane has scored two goals in five appearances for Tottenham this season, while Lukaku has netted four times in the same number of matches.

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