Rio Ferdinand has called for public clarity in the ongoing Harry Kane to Manchester City transfer saga.
On the back of his Euro 2020 exploits, the England captain has only just returned to training with Tottenham amid suggestions he is set for a big-money switch to the Etihad Stadium.
That’s despite even more fuel being added to the fire on the opening day of the season.
Indeed, as City took on, and were beaten by, Kane’s current club, the 28-year-old was a notable absentee from the Tottenham matchday squad.
But what now needs to be done for the benefit of everyone involved?
Speaking on his YouTube channel, former United defender Ferdinand said: “This situation is a weird one for me.
“Sometimes saying nothing creates even more hysteria around the club and it doesn’t bode well for anyone in this situation.
“I think everyone in the situation ends up looking worse and, at the moment, I don’t think Harry Kane looks great in this situation, nor does [Daniel] Levy. It’s because there is no clarity on the whole subject.
“If Levy came out and said; ‘Listen, there is a price. Until that price is met, he is a Tottenham player’.
“Then the proof will be in the pudding. If Man City want him they can get him at that price. If not then he is a Spurs player for the rest of the season. Simple as.”
Ferdinand added: “If you get that out then it stops the madness that is going on now and casts aspersions on Harry Kane’s professionalism, which you can tell by the statement he wasn’t pleased with. Rightly so.
“There must be stuff going on that has not been said by both parties and the sooner Harry Kane comes out and says what it is, or the club comes out and says what it is…
“If you are not happy about what is being said in the media, and it is not true, come out and tell the truth then.”
Having progressed through the ranks at Tottenham, Kane has scored 221 goals all-told for the London side and has been heavily linked with a move to City throughout the summer.
Guardiola and key figures responsible for transfers at the Etihad Stadium have already forked out £100million on his England teammate Jack Grealish.
It would, meanwhile, take an even greater sum to lure Kane away right in the middle of a six-year contract.
Ferdinand continued: “I just think Man City haven’t met the price they have been asked.
“I think Spurs have got a number, they have set a number and I don’t think Man City have reached that yet.
“I think Man City will get to it, but they are chancing their arm and they are dealing with the wrong person in Levy to try and push the boundaries like that, because Levy doesn’t mess about.
“Pep has spoken publicly about Harry Kane, so we are in no uncertain terms he wants him.
“If he, off the back of winning the league and coming close to winning the Champions League, says he needs Harry Kane, I don’t think the owners are saying no.”