Furious Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to cash in on Harry Kane and will sanction the England striker’s sale to Manchester United this summer, as long as they are prepared to pay a world record fee.
Kane has scored 181 goals for the north London club and established a reputation as one of world football’s deadliest strikers. Despite his individual success, however, Kane is still to break his trophy duck and last month confirmed he would not remain at Spurs ‘simply for the sake of it’.
After an encouraging start to his tenure following the sudden sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to kick on in the Premier League, were embarrassed in the Champions League by Red Bull Leipzig and dumped out of the FA Cup by Norwich.
Mourinho has been hindered by injuries to Son Heung-min and Kane, who has been out since January with a hamstring injury, but the Three Lions skipper may feel the time is right to take the next step in his career.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Levy was angered by Kane’s comments relating to his future and will allow him to join United, who have a long-standing interest in the 26-year-old, but will hold out for a fee in the region of £200million.
Spurs were among the first Premier League clubs to furlough their non-playing staff as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, a move which attracted widespread criticism, owe around £83m in transfer fees and are still paying for their £1billion stadium which opened just over a year ago.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, attempted to strengthen his striking options in January but missed out to Borussia Dortmund for the signing of Erling Haaland. Odion Ighalo did arrive on loan just before the window closed and although the experienced Nigeria international has impressed, he is unlikely to represent a long-term solution.
Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have all played in a central striking role this season, but Kane’s experience and pedigree would represent an upgrade on all three.
And Dimitar Berbatov, who made the move from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford in 2008, understands exactly what will be running through Kane’s mind at this pivotal stage in his career.
The Betfair ambassador said earlier this week: ‘I’ve seen some comments from Harry Kane, saying he loves Spurs but if they aren’t going to be producing trophies then maybe it is time to leave. He knows all that, of course he’s thinking about it, now even more than before.
‘I think once it returns, maybe football will change in the amount of money that is spent, in the way players are bought and sold. If you are Kane in this situation and Daniel Levy is your chairman, he isn’t going to sell you cheap, he is going to ask for what is fair, which in the case of Kane is a lot of money.
‘I see a lot of similarities in the situation I went through and what is happening with Kane at the minute. There is a strong connection between Spurs and Manchester United, Teddy Sherringham was at Tottenham then went to Old Trafford, I was a Spurs striker and went to United and now Kane, who’s also a striker, is being linked with a move there.
‘I feel that it’s also a similar time in his career that I was at, you start to think if you’re on the right path and you think about winning things. If you are one of the lucky ones like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or Gary Neville where you spend your whole life at one great club then you don’t have to ask yourselves those questions, you just want to work hard and prove yourself everyday.
‘When I left Spurs, even though I had won a trophy with the club it was a still difficult decision to make. I was following my own path and I knew that people wouldn’t be happy, but I had to do it, I come from a small country and when one of the biggest clubs in the world came in for me, it was my dream.’
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