It is understood Barkley's agents were paid by the West Londoners to make the deal happen but Pochettino offered a firm "no comment" when asked if Spurs were beaten by their rivals or simply pulled out of their bid to sign him.
It is not only Spurs who now face a fight to hold onto their prized asset. Everyone wants to win at the place you love.
"That is the situation of this transfer window and that is why it is always hard". Tottenham finish the month by hosting Manchester United at Wembley on January 31. The England global, whose Tottenham contract runs until 2022, finished 2017 as the calendar year's top scorer - ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - with a total of 56 goals. "It is more professional than 30 or 40 years ago".
It is hard to imagine United financing that deal and Kane would probably look at their ongoing transitional period and decide that better prospects lay elsewhere.
After 22 league games last season, Spurs sat three points above City, but now Pep Guardiola's side are a mammoth 21 ahead of the Lilywhites and Kane is realistic about the rest of the season.
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Barca, having already used the Neymar fee to sign Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, might struggle to raise the cash.
"I hope he will break every record". Real's interest in Kane has seen Levy's guard go up. "They need new motivation and challenges".
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised Aaron Lennon, his former player, for shining a light on mental health issues and "inspiring people around the world" by returning to the Everton first team after being detained under the Mental Health Act in May. It will be hard for him to beat Greaves but he is still so young.
He has endured a stop-start campaign with the Lilywhites, and has hardly endeared himself to the Spurs faithful, after making disparaging comments regarding the club's ambition.
If the clock is ticking on his Spurs future, then it is also ticking on his time in the Premier League. Kane also became only the third player, after Thierry Henry (five seasons) and Alan Shearer (four), to score 20 Premier League goals in four successive seasons.