Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists his stance has not changed and he will not sell Harry Kane this summer.
Levy has 'no intention' of letting his star striker leave, according to a Spurs spokesman, despite fresh claims that Kane has been told a £160million move to Manchester City is on.
An offer of this size would certainly tempt Tottenham to do business - and City's pay structure can easily satisfy his demands - yet the Premier League champions have baulked at this valuation for a player who will be 28 next week.
The fee and its make-up remains the key to any transfer and City are willing to be patient with the market open until the end of August.
Kane has made it clear he would like to leave in order to satisfy his professional ambitions and stories emerged from his brother Charlie's wedding that a switch to Manchester was on.
He is the number one target for Pep Guardiola as he searches for a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
City do have alternatives, although a summer swoop for Erling Haaland appears more difficult than ever as Borussia Dortmund maintain he is not for sale after Jadon Sancho completed a £73million move to Manchester United.
Manchester City are planning for next season with Gabriel Jesus, who has interest from Juventus and has been linked with a move to Tottenham as a makeweight in a deal for Kane.
City are also in pursuit of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
Spurs, meanwhile, have secured the future of at least one of their strikers.
Son Heung-min has signed a new contract, thought to be worth £200,000 a week, which ties him to White Hart Lane until 2025.
'It's like a home now,' said Son, 29. 'I didn't just sign because I love this club. I want to win something with Tottenham, this is my aim.'