Trevor Sinclair doesn’t believe his former side Manchester City will break the bank in order to fund a deal to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer.
Kane, along with his England teammate Jack Grealish, have been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad in recent months.
Spurs skipper Kane will likely cost interested suitors over £ 100million, but Sinclair doesn’t think City will be willing to spend that kind of money.
“If you look at the principles Man City try to uphold and their philosophy, I don’t see them spending £ 100million on a player,” Sinclair told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“They don’t want to spend that kind of money. They have already invested a lot since Sheikh Mansour took over the football club.
“They were so far behind everyone on the pitch and not even that they had to invest in their training facility because Carrington was not up to it.
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“They never broke up [transfer] records. They were never close to breaking Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea.
“All the other clubs are buying players for £ 80million or £ 90million, Man City are nowhere near that. I don’t think it’s by accident, I think it’s by design.
In a conversation with former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara, it was suggested to Sinclair that City need to sign Kane to ensure they stay ahead of their rivals – a claim the former English international rejected.
He replied, “Why are they doing it? They just won the championship. They didn’t win the Champions League either for lack of quality, it’s because they made mistakes.
“I’ve always been quite impressed with Man City since Pep took over as they keep their cards really close to their chest.
“If you look at the sports gossip pages you very rarely hear about Manchester City.
“I think Txiki [Begiristain] does its job, it keeps it very private. It will be a few rumors and usually its red herrings where they pretend they are going for someone and they will leave that player alone for their actual primary target.
“I’m not surprised that they are keeping their cards close to their chest and leaking media that we are interested in this player and this player.”