Harry Kane wants out at Tottenham.
The 27-year old striker reportedly wants to leave the club this summer, according to ESPN’s James Olley. Kane is one of the best players in Tottenham’s history and one of the Premier League’s most prolific goal scorers. As of this writing, he has 165 goals in 243 Premier League appearances with Spurs. That’s good for seventh on the all-time scoring list.
This is a unique situation for both parties. Kane is going to be 28 in late July and should be entering the prime of his football career. He clearly does not want to spend that time period at Tottenham. Spurs have had some success recently, but this season has been another rough one for the club. There’s a strong chance Tottenham will miss out on European competition altogether and Kane no longer wants to play in Europa League games. More importantly, he likely feels there is no clear direction at Tottenham. The club parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho in recent seasons, leaving interim manager Ryan Mason in charge at the moment.
Tottenham have Kane under contract for three more years at £200,000 a week. They have no reason to grant him his transfer unless the price is right. According to Olley and others, that price could be north of £150 million. That price point rules out any mid-tier club with aspirations for Kane, leaving the traditional heavy hitters to battle it out for the striker’s services.
Since Kane has reportedly expressed a desire to stay in the Premier League, both Manchester clubs will definitely be in the running. Chelsea have already broke the bank on attacking players, but will get some attention given the potential swap options. Liverpool could use Kane on the front line with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. All the big clubs are experiencing some level of financial constraints due to the pandemic, but it appears there will be enough money to go around this summer as the market bounces back. Manchester United and Manchester City should be considered betting favorites of the Premier League clubs to land Kane. They both have a need for a player of his caliber, the funds to make a move possible and a strong direction under respective managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola.
Outside of England, Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will make calls on Kane. Barcelona reportedly had to borrow €100 million to pay their wage bill, so they’re likely not a real threat despite a need up front. Real Madrid are always in on star players, but they’re reportedly prioritizing Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland ahead of Kane. PSG will be in the mix given Pochettino’s connection to Kane but this move only makes financial sense if Mbappe was to leave the club.
One club to look out for in terms of a value bet is Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski is not getting any younger and the German giants are always ready to bring in top talent. Kane would be a natural successor to Lewandowski and would regularly compete in Champions League football. From Tottenham’s perspective, a move to Bayern would also send Kane away from the Premier League.
Spurs owner Daniel Levy has time on his side, but expect something to get done sooner rather than later. A malcontent star is bad, especially for a club with no clear direction forward. Kane’s value will likely never be higher than it is right now. Levy can potentially wait one season as clubs recover financially from the pandemic, but that’s about it.
Kane has made up his mind and wants out. The only question is where he goes next and what his new club pays to get him.