By Kevin Phillips

12th Jul, 2021 | 6:45am

Phillips: Guardiola is talking nonsense - Man City and Man United can easily afford to buy Kane from Tottenham

Kevin Phillips has claimed Pep Guardiola is playing mind games – Man City and Man United can easily afford Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Premier League legend delivered his verdict on the City boss’ new comments as United climb into pole position in the Kane race.

Guardiola has been quoted by Sky Sports as telling Catalan network TV3 that signing a striker will be “impossible” this summer.

This comes as Football Insider revealed on Friday (9th July) that United are in pole position to sign Kane following recent talks.

A source has updated to Football Insider that Nuno has asked for two United players – one of which is believed to be Jesse Lingard – plus £100million in exchange.

Phillips insists City and United can afford Kane and not to read too much into Guardiola’s public comments.

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“It’s just mind games,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs

“Every manager does it. He quoted £150million and said they can’t pay that, of course they can. 

“Maybe for financial fair play but in terms of the money the owners have got, they can afford it. 

“Is Harry Kane worth £150million when he’s going to be 28 soon? 

“It’s crazy money. They won’t get any return for it so they are writing off £150million. 

“It’s mind games. When you’re talking that kind of money you have to start putting pressure on the clubs to see whether they buckle. 

“Does Daniel Levy need to do that? We will have to wait and see, but Man United’s interest is huge. They can afford Kane as well, don’t worry about that.”

Kane is licking his wounds after England’s heartbreaking Euros final defeat to Italy on Sunday night.

He had an outstanding first half in the 1-1 draw before struggling, and then emphatically converted his penalty in the shootout.

In other news, Nuno tells Man United the two stars he wants in Kane player-plus-cash Tottenham exchange.