Tottenham Hotspur are braced for a battle to keep hold of Harry Kane after reports their captain has told the club he wants to leave.
It has been claimed by Sky Sports that the England skipper, unhappy with Spurs’ lack of progress, has informed the north London outfit he wants to depart this summer, and that he wants his destination decided before the European Championship, which gets under way on June 11.
Spurs face a huge rebuilding job in the summer. They have no manager after the departure of Jose Mourinho and may not qualify for Europe this term, unless they win their final two games of the Premier League season.
Even that would only get them into the Europa League, with Kane wanting to play Champions League football and challenge for trophies.
It could make for an interesting summer, with a number of clubs keeping an eye on the situation.
When does Harry Kane’s contract with Spurs expire?
Kane is contracted to Tottenham for another three years.
He has been with the north London club since 2012 and signed a six-year deal on 8 June 2018, keeping him at the club until 2024.
How much will Harry Kane cost?
Tottenham have previously refused to put a price-tag on their star man, who turns 28 in July. However, it would take a sizeable fee to prise him away from Spurs, who in Daniel Levy have one of the hardest neogotiators in football.
Any deal to sign him would smash the British record of £95million, which Man United paid Juventus to land Paul Pogba.
Kane is valued at around £150million in today’s market.
Who will be Harry Kane’s next club?
Premier League champions Manchester City, rivals Manchester United and Champions League finalists Chelsea have been linked with a move for Kane, who has scored 32 goals in all competitions this term.
However, Tottenham would understandably be reluctant to sell Kane to a domestic rival.
Given the financial issues in football after the pandemic, the number of clubs able to buy the player is significantly reduced. Barcelona and Real Madrid are broke, there is little money in Italy at the minute, with Juventus struggling after paying a whopping sum for Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter Milan already well stocked with Romelu Lukaku, meaning Paris St Germain may be the only team abroad who could sign Kane.
PSG are managed by Kane’s old mentor Mauricio Pochettino, and could be an attractive move for the striker. PSG have Kylian Mbappe and Neymar up front, but Mauro Icardi looks set to leave this summer.
Harry Kane’s next club odds: Manchester United 7/4; Manchester City 13/5; PSG 10/1; Chelsea 14/1; Real Madrid 20/1; Juventus 25/1; Barcelona 66/1
What have Spurs said?
Spurs were tight-lipped on Monday evening as they remained focused on their final two league games, with Europa League qualification still on the cards.
A club spokesman said: “We won’t be commenting – our focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible. That’s what everyone should be focused on.”
What has Harry Kane said?
Kane had said in an interview at the end of March that it would be “hard” to talk about his future and that his focus was on the rest of the season with Spurs and then the Euros.
But he has also regularly spoken about his desire to win trophies and that is something that has not yet materialised at Tottenham.
During Kane’s time in Spurs’ first team, they have had two Premier League title challenges fall away, lost in the Champions League final and been beaten in two League Cup finals, including this season’s.