That caused bafflement among some staff at Spurs, while Kane and Nuno held talks earlier this week for the first time since the Portuguese was appointed head coach. Nuno said he was keen to “solve all the situations”.
City undoubtedly still want to sign the England captain, but manager Pep Guardiola has stated they can only do so if Spurs are willing to negotiate. City and Kane hope that may happen once the game between the two sides is out of the way.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is acutely aware of the fans’ backlash he could face. Levy has been under huge pressure from supporters as the club have underperformed over the past two seasons, and over his involvement in the aborted European Super League plans.
There was never any chance of a deal being struck before the two sides faced each other, after the fixtures were released in June, but there is hope that negotiations could take place following the game.
Meanwhile Paul Coyte, who has been the popular match-day announcer at Spurs for 16 years, has announced that he has been let go. “I’ve found out that my work is now at an end at my beloved club,” he wrote on Twitter.
City have taken their income this summer to £59.9 million with the £8.5 million sale on Thursday of Serbia midfielder Ivan Ilic to Hellas Verona, where he spent last season on loan. Leroy Sane’s £55 million sale to Bayern Munich last summer was not included in City’s accounts for 2019/20 so they believe they have raised £114.9 million over the past 12 months to put towards the cost of moves for Grealish and potentially Kane. City expect that income figure to further swell with the departures of Yangel Herrera, Pedro Porro and Morgan Rogers this month and a senior player such as Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus or Aymeric Laporte could yet leave, too.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling believes Grealish’s arrival will help boost his goals tally this season as he warned his City team-mates not to expend needless energy by obsessing over the Champions League.
Sterling managed only 10 Premier League goals last season but he rediscovered his best form at the Euros for England and is determined to hit the ground running this term.
“It [Grealish’s signing] adds another creative player to this team which I am really excited about so hopefully he can add a few more goals to my tally,” Sterling said. “He is a player I believe can truly have a great career here. We know what we have to do, we have to come out fast in the league.”
On the prospect of going one better in the Champions League after last season’s final defeat to Chelsea, Sterling added: “The most important thing is to not put too much energy into that. We will be fine. That is part of our problem, to focus on it. The team we have here and the players, we should just be enjoying it, getting into our rhythm and it will happen.”