CHELSEA have overtaken Manchester City in the race to sign Harry Kane after launching a 'more appealing' bid, according to reports.
In the spring, the England captain stunned Tottenham by revealing he wanted to quit the club this summer.
Kane, 27, has since been chased by a host of suitors in a deal expected to be worth around £150million.
Man City held the early advantage and have been the favourites with the bookies ever since the forward's announcement.
But Chelsea now have the edge thanks to their overall package, according to The Athletic.
The Blues are believed to be willing to offer a player-plus-cash deal involving outcast striker Tammy Abraham as a like-for-like replacement.
The report claims City are NOT willing to land Kane 'at any cost', with many doubting the club are able to meet the £150m asking price.
Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez have been mentioned as potential makeweights in a deal to sign Kane.
However, deals involving any City player may be tough for Spurs to negotiate due to their monster salaries at the Etihad – with the North Londoners famously more frugal.
That means Chelsea's package involving Abraham – who spent much of last season on the bench and earns around £60,000 per week – is deemed more appealing to Tottenham.
On top of that, Man City have alternative striking targets, with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku also on their wish-list.
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While Chelsea are also keen both of those players, it's believed they're more focused on Kane at this time.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are also keen on a deal to sign Abraham this summer.
And the Blues have rejected loan offers for their striker in the hope they can sell permanently to raise money for a new centre-forward should their Kane swap deal collapse.
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