Harry Kane will leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer…
That’s the latest claim from talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook, who provided fresh information on the 27-year-old’s future in north London to the GameDay football podcast earlier in the week.
“Well, I was told by somebody high ranking at one of the Premier League clubs that Harry Kane absolutely will leave Tottenham this summer. It’s not even in debate.”
Kane’s future in North London is shrouded in mystery, especially after the club failed in yet another major cup final.
The England talisman recently reiterated his desire to win silverware, claiming that the Lilywhites are “not quite doing that” and this, according to some pundits, is a come-and-get-me plea ahead of the window.
“The way I would read into that is he wants to go,” suggested Paul Merson on Soccer Saturday (via HITC). “It is a ‘come and get me.'”
And according to the Independent, Kane will have plenty of suitors this summer as Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle runaway Premier League leaders and Champions League finalists Manchester City, as well as their local rivals, United.
First of all, Crook’s claim is rather worrying and it will leave Spurs chairman Daniel Levy quite rightly fuming because if it’s true, then the word is out there about the 27-year-old and it is circulating around their closest rivals.
It would be a gutting, gutting blow to see Kane swap N17 for Manchester as he would come back to haunt them, at least twice a season whereas if he were to join a foreign giant, then Spurs won’t have to witness the repercussions too often.
If Kane’s entourage are genuinely putting the feelers out there, as Merson has alluded to, then it will only weaken Levy’s position, His leading striker is currently valued at £108m by Transfermarkt yet some reports suggest the Red Devils could try and chance their arm with a £90m bid this summer (The Sun).
That’s not to say there’s any direct correlation between this leak and any likely bid, but it is, at the very least, an interesting coincidence.
Levy remains keen to keep hold of Kane and could offer him a new contract in a desperate attempt to persuade him to stay, according to Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast.
However, interest in the 6 foot 2 goal machine from the likes of United and City won’t do him any favours and that will ultimately anger the chairman further.
There is also the prospect of Tottenham’s next manager not having such an integral and crucial figure next season, which will make the job even less appealing as their chances of qualifying for the Champions League are already slim, whereas the two Manchester clubs and PSG will be in it once again next season.
Kane is enjoying one of his best-ever campaigns, providing 31 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, via Transfermarkt. He has directly contributed towards 56.6% of all their league goals this term.
That’s how vital he is to Spurs.
Once dubbed a “monster” by teammate Heung-min Son and “the top number nine in the world” by ex-Lilywhites striker Teddy Sheringham, Kane and his immediate future will clearly be a constant source of frustration for Levy throughout the coming months.
Will Kane stay at his boyhood club? Only time will tell but what is for sure is that Levy will not be happy at all that a significant figure at another Premier League club is telling the press that the England captain is going to be on the move.
This figure is either revealing details about some behind-the-scenes talks or simply putting out what is sure to be an unsettling story, either of which will certainly make Levy angry.
AND in other news, Kane and £18m-rated monster would be a frightening duo for next Spurs boss…