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Tuchel lifts the lid on Chelsea-Kane transfer talks

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Ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Tottenham this weekend, Thomas Tuchel opened up about the summer transfer rumors that linked Harry Kane to the Blues.

Chelsea held talks with Harry Kane’s representatives but it never went further than that, says Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues boss, who confirmed his interest in Kane back in May, denied he listed the striker on his transfer wishlist but admitted that he expected him to wind up at Manchester City.

Tottenham’s hardline stance, however, proved unbreakable. Man City could not convince the London side to sell Kane, forcing the England captain to stay put, while Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku instead.

“We never had a list with his name on it and I never went to [Chelsea director] Marina [Granovskaia] to tell her to buy him,” said Tuchel in a press conference on Friday.

“But the club sorted out the situation. There are many people around players – their agents and advisers and people in between, and we had some information from these people, but it was never that close.”

Since a club-record €115 million return from Inter Milan, Lukaku has proved a perfect fit for Tuchel’s squad. The Belgian has scored four goals in as many games since his comeback.

Chelsea hope Lukaku can keep the goals flowing for Sunday’s trip to north London to face Tottenham and Kane.