Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has acknowledged that talks with intermediaries about a possible summer transfer for Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane took place in the recently closed transfer window.
The England captain apparently notified Spurs of his wish to depart at the end of the 2020-21 season, and a move to a title-challenging club was generally expected to be completed in the most recent transfer window.
However, in a social media post, Kane stated that he would be staying at Spurs, while Chelsea splashed out £97.5 million to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
Tuchel has now revealed that while talks were held, Kane was never "close" to moving across the capital, with the German telling reporters: "We never had a list with his name on it and I never went to Marina (Granovskaia) to tell her to buy him.
"But the club sorted out the situation. There are many people around players - their agents and advisors and people in between and we had some information from these people, but it was never that close."
Tuchel has also stated that he expected Kane to join Manchester City this summer, but the English champions' pursuit of the striker was unsuccessful, according to a recent report, and City will not pursue Kane again in 2022.