Could 2021 be the year Harry Kane finally leaves Tottenham?
England’s captain has again stressed his desire to leave north London this summer, having already agreed to delay his exit wish from 2020. As you’d expect, some of the game’s biggest sides have all registered their interest in offering Kane the escape route he’s searching for, but realistically very few have the funds behind them to make a deal happen.
Here, 90min looks at the options he does have, ranked by the likelihood of that club actually getting the deal done.
Barcelona want a new big-name striker, but it’s not going to be Kane.
For a club with £1bn worth of debt, shelling out £150m on one player is going to be very difficult – and if by some miracle they can find that money, it’s going on Erling Haaland, not Kane.
The Spurs man doesn’t particularly want to move away from the Premier League either, so there’s not much working in Barcelona’s favour here.
It feels like Kane might have missed his chance to move to United, who have bigger priorities in the squad these days.
With United looking to spend £75m on Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and hoping to follow that up with moves for a new centre-back and midfielder, there isn’t a spare £150m to throw at Kane.
Daniel Levy is going to do his utmost to keep Kane away from United, and that’ll probably be enough to convince the Red Devils to look elsewhere.
Chelsea are ready to spend a huge figure on a striker this summer and are the most-likely English side to offer up that £150m. But that doesn’t mean Levy will listen.
On top of being fierce London rivals, the two teams have a sketchy history when it comes to transfers. Levy made Chelsea’s life hell when they tried to sign Luka Modric in 2011, and the Blues returned the favour by stealing Willian from under their noses two years later.
Roman Abramovich might have the cash, but Levy isn’t going to listen.
We know that Kane doesn’t want to head overseas, but if there’s one manager who could convince him, it’s Mauricio Pochettino.
Kane’s best form came under the Argentine, who can almost guarantee regular trophies with Paris Saint-Germain. Levy would prefer to sell overseas, and Kane would get consistent success – it’s perfect, right?
Well, not exactly. Kane wants to become the most prolific goalscorer in Premier League history, so even if Levy says yes, there’s no guarantee Kane will agree to head abroad.
Manchester City are an elite, trophy-winning team looking for a top-tier striker, and Kane is a top-tier striker looking for an elite, trophy-winning team. It all makes too much sense.
City won’t pay Levy’s £150m fee, but they can come closer than most, and using someone like Gabriel Jesus as a makeweight may make the deal somewhat simpler.
Levy obviously doesn’t want to do the deal, but you get the sense that City have a better chance of convincing him than anyone else.
When Levy doesn’t want to pick up the phone, it’s notoriously difficult to persuade him otherwise.
Kane’s contract situation – he still has three years left to run – could hardly be worse for the striker. He’s worth max value to Levy now and still will be next summer. There could hardly be less pressure on the chairman.
With Kane reluctant to leave England and Levy adamant no club in England can have him, there’s no compromise here and it’ll take something truly earth-shattering to get Kane out of Tottenham this summer.