Manchester City are ready to bid £127million for Harry Kane — but that still does not match Tottenham’s valuation.
The two clubs meet on Sunday in their opening game of the Premier League season and the England skipper could yet be involved for Spurs.
Kane, 28, is hopeful his future will become clearer as soon as the match is out of the way.
He wants to leave to play in the Champions League and challenge for trophies — and City are arguably the only big club with the financial clout to sign him.
But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for £160m, leaving City’s rumoured new bid still some way short of an acceptable offer, even with a number of add-ons.
The Telegraph believe the already unpopular Levy is wary of the inevitable fan backlash should he sanction the departure of the club's star player.
It looks likely that the uncertainty around Kane’s future will now run and run until the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
Arsenal still in the market
Arsenal head into their season opener with Brentford tonight still in the market for a number of players.
Martin Odegaard, who impressed on loan at the Emirates last season, remains their top target but the Gunners are beginning to look elsewhere.
They remain interested in James Maddison, according to The Sun, but their immediate attention may turn to Houssem Aouar.
The Lyon midfielder has long been linked with a move to North London — and it could happen before the end of the month.
After deciding against a bid when he was valued at £40m last year, the French side's failure to secure Champions League football means they would now accept £25m.
And reports in recent weeks suggest Aouar, 23, is desperate to play for the Gunners.
With Joe Willock on the verge of departing for Newcastle, Arsenal may even opt for a loan move for Aouar if they are unable to land Odegaard or Maddison.
As well as a midfielder, the Gunners could dip into the transfer market for a striker.
Reports in Italy suggest Tammy Abraham is unsure about joining Roma and would prefer to play for Mikel Arteta's side.
In other news
Everton want to sign Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne on the back of an impressive Euro 2020 campaign with Italy, according to The Sun.
Sky Sports claim Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation at Chelsea with his current deal ending in 2022.
Football Insider believe West Ham have had a £25m bid knocked back by Rennes for Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd.