It’s July 1st and it’s a very warm, sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. On TV , the presenter on Sky Sports has just announced something that turns every Spurs fans day black as storm clouds gather overhead.
Yes, Harry Kane has left Tottenham Hotspur.
Alan Sugar has just thrown his Spurs shirt from his penthouse appartment, declaring that Daniel Levy should be fired, fans take to the streets in anger and stunned amazement, as Kane is chauffeur driven away to his next big pay day and the chance of something he won’t get at Tottenham. Trophies.
Dumped out of the FA Cup to Leicester, dumped out of the Capital One Cup to arch rivals Arsenal and now Dortmund have kicked the title-chasing Londoners from the Europa League. Trophies this season. Nil.
If Kane wants to win things, to play in the Champions League regularly and become a top English player, then he needs to leave White Hart Lane and he will, this summer.
Forget all the bleeding heart stuff about Kane saying he’s staying, the lure of bigger lights and glory will turn the head of the 22-year-old England striker and he won’t look back. It’s been done before.
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, has said many times Kane will not be sold and insists the sought-after striker has no interest in leaving White Hart Lane anyway.
The Premier Leagues leading goalscorer, said recently: “I’m happy at Spurs.Yes definitely. There are always going to be rumours flying around but I’m happy here.”
Tottenham refused to entertain any thought of selling their prize asset in the summer – and Man United will know it remains a long shot to lure him away from White Hart Lane. However, despite the fact that Spurs chairman Levy has gained a reputation as a fierce negotiator, he has repeatedly sold his best players.
Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale all had their price. The question is how much it would take to make him do a deal over Kane.
The Spurs and England striker, the subject of interest from Real Madrid as well as Manchester United is on Jose Mourinho’s wanted list. The Portuguese tactician will be aware of the club’s lack of goals this season, while Kane leads the Premier League scoring charts. Still, the 22-year-old England international is likely to cost as much as £60m.
If Kane leaves, and I believe he will, Tottenham are already lining up replacements and so in this wonderful industry where legends are born, players still come and go and say one thing and do another. Kane will be no different.
A footballer’s career is a short one, so why not take the money while he can and enjoy the experiences of another club and possibly one in a major European league. It will benefit the player and England.
With Tottenham, it’s a comfort zone and at some point when the goals dry up, the fans that adore him now will be asking the club to sell him.
Man United have the money to sign even the biggest players in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. A bid of £60m could get Spurs around the table.
And then on July 2nd, Kane signs for another team and Tottenham hearts will break once more.
Oh well, that’s football.