Get ready for a swap shop! Premier League clubs are targeting rare exchange deals this summer… and at least one Manchester City star could move to Tottenham as part of a potential Harry Kane deal
- Traditionally, rare trade deals are considered throughout the league
- At least one Man City player could be moving to Spurs in a Harry Kane deal
- Spurs are known to love striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Nathan Ake
- Aymeric Laporte is another who would be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium
The summer of a swap shop is upon us, with a number of Premier League clubs seeking alternative ways to refresh their roster against a backdrop of financial uncertainty.
sports mail understands that with cash flow an issue due to the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic, exchange deals – traditionally rare – are being considered across the league.
Indeed, the development could mean at least one Manchester City player will move to Tottenham as part of a deal for Harry Kane. The North London club is known to be enthusiastic about both Gabriel Jesus and Nathan Ake.
Swap shop summer is upon us, with at least one Man City player potentially on offer to join Tottenham as part of a deal for Harry Kane
The North London club is known to love both Gabriel Jesus (left) and Nathan Ake
There is an acknowledgment at City that they will have to move players to bolster Pep Guardiola’s squad with top goalscorers Kane and Aston Villa’s England team-mate Jack Grealish.
Jesus, 24, is unimpressed by the alleged lack of playing time with the Premier League champions, who were defeated by Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday night. Whether he would cherish a move to a club without Champions League football is unclear.
Ake, a £41million signing from Bournemouth, rose through the ranks at Chelsea and would be considered homegrown despite his Dutch heritage. While the 26-year-old made just nine starts in the Premier League and did not play in the Champions League in 2021, he may also need some persuasion to return to London.
There is an acknowledgment to City that they have to move players to sign Kane and Jack Grealish (above)
Aymeric Laporte is another who could be allowed to leave if the club met the French defender’s rating, but he is unlikely to be interested in moving to Spurs.
In March, top executive Richard Masters announced that clubs would lose £2bn by the end of the season as a result of cuts in broadcast and matchday revenues. While each club played one home game to fewer crowds, they have lost millions in box office receipts and have had to pay back a significant portion of the TV money, with further ramifications from sponsorship deals and a lack of corporate hospitality.
None of the 20 clubs are immune and the prospect of paying huge transfer fees is unlikely. Trading players is becoming more attractive at all levels, an official has announced.
While the rules are relaxed, Financial Fair Play restrictions are also at the forefront of clubs’ thinking.
Aymeric Laporte is another who would be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium