Former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair believes Pep Guardiola would be better off signing Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham over Harry Kane this summer.
The Premier League title holders have been strongly linked with a nine-figure move for the Tottenham and England star, who cast doubt on his future just before Euro 2020 in a now-iconic interview with Gary Neville, in which he told the former right-back he wants to be playing Champions League football.
Having finished seventh in the Premier League last season, Spurs will partake in the inaugural Europa Conference League for 2021/22, with recently-appointed Nuno Espirito Santo preparing his charges for a play-off match in early August to make the group stages.
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The new boss will be determined to keep hold of the club’s best footballers, but an approach from City may be hard to turn down for a player supposedly itching for a move, though former England international Sinclair believes Guardiola should be focusing his attention slightly west of the M25.
Abraham, 23, has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, and Sinclair thinks his former club should move for the Stamford Bridge outcast rather than paying a king’s ransom to bring Kane to the Etihad.
Asked by ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara if he would take Abraham over Kane at City, Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I would, yeah.
“He’s a young enough player and with Pep Guardiola’s coaching ability and the teammates around him… he’s a top player.
“The season he had at Aston Villa and then he went back to Chelsea and did very well. He’s a handful, his pace, he looks to stretch the lines, he’s a finisher.
“No player’s perfect, especially at 22 or 23, but there’s a lot of growth there with Tammy.
“He’d be someone I’d be very interested to see at Manchester City.”
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“It just goes against my principles”
There is no question Kane’s signature would cost City an exorbitant transfer fee, particularly as Spurs would be selling to a Premier League rival, but Sinclair thinks the reported £160m currently being bandied about would distort the market, saying “you might as well pack up” if a deal of that magnitude transpires.
On that reported £160m bid, Sinclair continued: “It just goes against my principles of what I think about the club. Honestly, it really does.
“I just don’t want to see the club going out there and spending that ridiculous amount of money to bring one player in.
“That just kills it then. You might as well pack up.”