Tottenham and England captain – Harry Kane – has asked to leave the north London club at the end of this season and wants to get clarity on which club he will be joining before the Euros begin.
As speculation around Kane’s future increased on Monday evening, the club issued a statement saying: “Our focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible. That’s what everyone should be focused on.”
Sources have said that the England captain, who has a contract until 2024, has not handed in an official transfer request or directly communicated a wish to move.
However, this season’s Premier League top scorer is known to be frustrated after another trophy-less season at the north London club, which included the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho in April just before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, which they lost.
Kane is yet to win a trophy in his club career and it seems like he has now run out of patience and decided to move on to fulfil his professional ambitions.
It has been reported that his conversations with the club resulted in a plea for him to ‘become a Francesco Totti’ by becoming a one-club-man. However, Kane’s camp believes that winning is extremely important for the England captain and with all the big clubs knocking on his door, it would not be surprising to see him leave Spurs at the end of this campaign.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all known to be interested in acquiring his services. The issue that all teams face in trying to sign Kane is that he still has three years left on his contract, which means a much higher transfer fee.
Reportedly, there is no break clause in Kane’s contract and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has a reputation of being one of the toughest transfer negotiators in the game so it will be no easy task for teams to sign Tottenham’s star player.
Levy might have to compromise in this case as it is always difficult keeping an unhappy player against their wishes. This brings its own problems and it is possible that Levy may think the money he can generate for Kane will help a necessary rebuilding strategy.
The last couple of seasons for Spurs have seen both Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho being sacked while the coronavirus pandemic has brought huge financial pressures on the club, who must still clear their debt for the new stadium.
Levy was heavily involved in the failed European Super League plans so he will not want to come under the scanner following that.
It is looking extremely likely that Harry Kane will be seen playing for one of Spurs’ fellow ‘Big Six’ clubs.
Will it be the newly-crowned English champions Manchester City who have let go of legendary striker Sergio Aguero or will it be Manchester United who need a couple of pieces to finish their puzzle to put up a challenge for the title next season?
Chelsea is an unlikely destination given how much the club spent last season and having heavily invested in Timo Werner already.