It’s finally happened. The nightmare that all Tottenham fans hoped would never happen, Harry Kane has told the club he wants to leave this summer.
As we enter the final week of the season, the England captain has reportedly told Tottenham that he wants to be allowed to leave the club this summer as he looks to win the first trophies of his career.
Kane has featured in two cup finals for Spurs but fought back from injury to play in them and was completely nullified in both as they lost the Champions League final to Liverpool in 2019 before losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City last month.
It seems as though a campaign with no European football and no manager heading into next season has been the final straw for the 27-year-old former golden boot winner.
According to Sky Sports, Spurs have begun making enquiries for a new striker across the market in anticipation that he could leave this summer although a transfer isn’t set in stone yet just because he’s made his wishes known.
Kane currently has three-years remaining on his contract in north London and with his standing as one of the best strikers in the world, chairman Daniel Levy is sure to ask for upwards of £150million from any potential suitors.
That would rule out several clubs, but the biggest of big boys will surely still be interested with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain linked with him. It’s believed that his preference is to stay in the Premier League due to his family and wish to break Alan Shearer’s all-time goal record.
Manchester United recently tied Edinson Cavani to a new one-year deal, but Kane’s new availability could force them into a move for the player such is his quality in a position they will be desperate for a world class ability in.
The club have a long-running interest in the player but his loyalty to Tottenham has always seen him negotiate a new deal to stay rather than leave, until now. While they should prioritise Jadon Sancho for their right-win position, if a deal for him becomes too difficult Kane is the man they should be aiming for to bolster their attack.
Chelsea are said to be looking at refreshing their front line once again, just one year after spending over £50million on Timo Werner after the German struggled for goals this season under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
Despite their interest and standing though, it’s unlikely Kane would agree a move to Stamford Bridge considering his love for the club and their rivalry, as he’d hope to leave on good terms with the fans as much as possible.
PSG have the pulling power and finances to bring Kane, as well as his former manager Mauricio Pochettino in charge. Kane could be tempted to move to Paris to partner Kylian Mbappe and Neymar with the idea that he would be reunited with Pochettino and have a much better chance of winning domestic trophies and getting European glory.
But with his preference said to be a Premier League stay, it’s Manchester City who have the advantage in the race.
They have the funds, they’re the current champions of the division, have shown they can hang with the absolute best by getting to the Champions League final for the first time and also have a gaping hole in their squad for a top quality striker with Sergio Aguero leaving this summer.
Pep Guardiola has been keen on Kane for years and the fact he is now available when City are in the market for a striker is surely not a coincidence.
The most likely outcome though is that Spurs will look to keep hold of him this summer, despite his wish to leave. Kane loves the club and is highly unlikely to look to force a move and with his contract situation and the fact it’s still a COVID-19 market it’s hard for anyone to pay the amount Spurs will look for. While it’s should be now or never for him, he may not have a choice.
A new manager will give Spurs the chance to make another push next season and maybe strike a deal with the front man to wait it out, before a big bidding war next year if Spurs fail to be successful yet again.