Thomas Tuchel previews Spurs v Chelsea
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Chelsea would have made Harry Kane their club-record signing over Romelu Lukaku had it not been for Tottenham, according to former Blues midfielder Craig Burley. There has been plenty of talk about the England captain in the build up to Sunday’s crunch London derby given that Chelsea are understood to have explored a move for the 28-year-old earlier this summer when he looked set to leave Spurs.
Daniel Levy was not prepared to fulfil Kane’s wish, however, telling interested parties where to go.
Yet Manchester City are the only club believed to have been firmly in the running to sign Kane despite Thomas Tuchel confirming himself that Chelsea would be interested in a potential deal.
Chelsea instead turned attentions to former player Lukaku after also failing to entice Borussia Dortmund into the sale of Erling Haaland.
The Belgian secured a blockbuster return to Stamford Bridge worth a staggering £97.5million but in the view of Burley, the deal would not have happened should Kane have truly been on the market.
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“Chelsea apparently had some sort of discussions with Kane’s representatives, and possibly with Tottenham,” Burley told ESPN FC.
“Ultimately, I think Chelsea would have taken Harry Kane if the money had been right. I don’t think there is a doubt about that.
“[But] I don’t think they could meet the valuation that Daniel Levy set — like Manchester City, so they went for the other target, which is Romelu Lukaku.
“But in my opinion, Kane still would have been above Lukaku as a striker.”
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Chelsea boss Tuchel has now admitted that he thought Kane was heading to Manchester City to play under Pep Guardiola.
“I thought that this is going to happen,” the German said.
“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.
“We are not afraid of anyone. We accept any team and Manchester City, Man United 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.”
Although it wasn’t to the script, Tuchel did praise the idea of Kane staying at Tottenham as one-club men in football are a dying breed.
“It is also nice that it exists in football that players play for one club only,” he added.
“When I think about Tottenham in the last decade you think about Harry Kane and this is very nice.”
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