Harry Kane told Tottenham Hotspur he would prefer to leave the club this summer
Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea have shown interest in Kane
Kane has scored 165 Premier League goals for Spurs, but he would prefer to chase silverware elsewhere
On Monday, ESPN reported that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane officially informed the club of his desire to depart this summer. The news hardly comes as much of a surprise considering Kane had reportedly become discontent with his situation in North London earlier in the season.
Kane reportedly made the request during an in-person meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on Monday. The 27-year-old has made a few public comments that made it sound as though he was growing weary of his time with the club, which has failed to win a single trophy in any competition since he initially broke in as a regular member of the first team back in 2014-15.
Kane has done nothing but produce since leading Spurs’ line ever since. The England captain has a total of 165 goals for Spurs since his debut in 2009. He has been with the club in some capacity since 2004 after starting his youth career as a member of Ridgeway Rovers back in the late-1990s.
Kane’s Impressive Track Record
The England international has become one of the most prolific scorers in all of Europe in recent years, but team success has remained elusive. Spurs have finished third or better in the Premier League three times since Kane’s arrival, but the team has still not won an English top-flight crown since 1960-61. Kane also led Spurs to the 2019 Champions League Final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.
If Kane is to leave in the summer, Spurs will surely seek plenty of compensation. Tottenham have reportedly slapped a £150 million price tag on Kane, which will likely be the minimum amount required to convince the club to sell. Kane has made it known that his preference is to remain in the Premier League, which will vastly reduce his number of capable suitors. Still, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea have already registered interest in the player.
Kane has scored the seventh-most goals in Premier League history, including 22 so far this season. The only players in Europe that have accounted for more combined goals and assists than Kane’s 35 contributions this season are Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (40) and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (39).
However, Tottenham are sitting in just sixth place in the league with two games remaining, which means Spurs are likely to miss out on next year’s Champions League. The lack of Champions League competition plus the team’s consistent failures to challenge for a Premier League title have left Kane ready to move on.
Earlier this season, Tottenham sacked manager Jose Mourinho after barely a year on the job. Mourinho was hired last season after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, who has since moved on to become the manager at Paris St. Germain.
City Early Favorites for Kane
While PSG would surely be among the clubs interested in Kane if he were to ease up on his desire to remain in England, staying in the Premier League is still the most likely outcome if he does leave North London. League champions Manchester City, who will part ways with longtime striker Sergio Aguero this summer, are +120 favorites to sign Kane if he leaves Spurs. Manchester United are next at +400, while Chelsea are a fairly distant +700.
United are well-spoken for in attack with Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, and Mason Greenwood all capable of leading the line. Chelsea are set to appear in the Champions League Final against City later this year after splurging on RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner last summer. Werner has been a bit of a disappointment since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues are still unlikely to pay for another striker just one year later.
PSG (+1600) have the best odds of any non-English club to sign Kane this summer, followed by Real Madrid (+2000), Barcelona (+2500), and Juventus (+3000). Liverpool, who have +4000 odds to sign the striker, are an unlikely fit.
Spurs Reluctant to Sell
Kane has three years left on his current deal that pays him £200,000 per week. While he has made his desire to leave known to the club, he has reportedly not handed in a formal transfer request just yet.
Tottenham, however, are not too eager to move on from Kane just yet. The team does hold plenty of leverage in negotiations with Kane still under contract for another three years, but Spurs would be able to restock the club with talent if Kane is ultimately sold for a massive fee. Kane wants the situation to be resolved before he begins play with England ahead of the 2020 Euros on June 11.
Interim manager Ryan Mason claimed on Tuesday that Kane is still “100 percent committed” to Spurs for the last two games of the year.
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