Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a huge blow to their chances of keeping Harry Kane this summer…
According to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath and John Percy, the 28-year-old striker will insist on joining England teammate Jack Grealish at Manchester City, with talks planned with the North London side this week.
It’s thought that the Aston Villa captain is close to sealing a £100m switch to the defending Premier League champions and that Kane would like to follow him to the Etihad Stadium.
The £108m-rated talisman is due to return to Hotspur Way for pre-season training on Monday and is expected to request talks with chairman Daniel Levy, where he will reinforce his desire to join Manchester City.
This will come as a massive setback to new Spurs boss Nuno Santo as he’s heading into the new season – his first in charge of the club – with a player who wants to be elsewhere.
And it’s not just any player, it’s Kane.
The 28-year-old forward is integral to Spurs’ chances of success on the pitch. For instance, Kane accounted for 54.4% of their 68 goals scored in the top-flight during the 2020/21 campaign, whilst he’s bagged at least 20 goals in five of the last seven campaigns, as per WhoScored.
If you take him out of the side, Nuno will then be left without a senior striker, with last season’s backup option Carlos Vinicius returning to parent club Benfica following an indifferent loan spell in the capital.
However, it’s no surprise that the Lilywhites academy product wants to leave his boyhood club after so many years. They have still not won a trophy since 2008, despite making the Champions League and Carabao Cup finals in recent seasons.
He has made it no secret that he wants to compete for Europe’s top trophies and that isn’t happening at Spurs anytime soon as they’ll be competing in the third-string UEFA Conference League this term.
Kane pressing ahead with his intentions to leave the club leaves the Spurs hierarchy in a sticky predicament because, if they do not listen to his wishes, they risk handing Nuno an unhappy player, and that’ll do him no favours in the dugout.
This situation will undoubtedly leave the Lilywhites faithful fuming. Will Kane play in a Spurs shirt again? That very much remains to be seen right now.
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