Speculation is rife over where Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane will be playing his football next season.
The 27-year-old is still yet to lift a trophy with his boyhood club, and there is a growing rhetoric from some quarters that he could eventually move elsewhere to seek silverware opportunities.
So the last thing that Spurs supporters will want to read this Saturday is that one of the biggest clubs in the world have earmarked the England skipper as a summer transfer target.
What’s the story?
As with most things in pantheon of transfer rumours at the moment, it starts with Norwegian wunderkind Erling Haaland.
The Borussia Dortmund goal machine is set to be at the centre of an almighty transfer tussle this summer, and one of the sides who are interested in snapping him up are Barcelona.
Haaland won’t come cheap, however, and the Catalan giants aren’t exactly rolling in expendable income right now either.
With that in mind, Barca have drawn up a shortlist of alternative candidates who could lead the line for them next term, according to Spanish publication Sport.
Kane is on that list, as is Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.
So far, so gossip column fodder.
Where things take a more sinister turn for Spurs, however, is the fact that Sport claim one of the main reasons Barca are eyeing up Kane is because the player himself believes his time in north London is coming to an end.
It is suggested that Tottenham’s lack of silverware is beginning to prove an issue for the ambitious forward, and as such, he wants to leave the club.
Do the bookies fancy it?
The short answer is no – or at least, not at the moment.
According to SkyBet, Barcelona are on the list of clubs who could sign Kane in the future, but they are currently priced at 25/1, as are Juventus.
Compare those odds to Real Madrid and Manchester United, who are priced at 14/1 and 10/1 respectively, and it’s clear that the Catalan giants are rank outsiders.
Clear favourites to snap up Kane, however, are Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s men are currently priced at 11/4.
How likely is Kane to leave for Barcelona?
At the moment, this feels like a real longshot to say the least.
It’s hard to imagine the Premier League without Harry Kane, and the fact of the matter is that he is well on course to challenge Alan Shearer’s all-time record goalscoring tally.
Would the England captain turn his back on that slice of history to try his luck in La Liga? Only he can answer that for sure, but if his concerns are that he isn’t winning any trophies, there are surely clubs in this country who could offer the chance of regular silverware without him having to uproot himself completely.
What are the fans saying?
@mendiratta_arav tweeted: “Can we have Messi and Fati in return? That would be fair, in my opinion”.
@KBARRetribution tweeted: “Not happening”.
@_thfcjack tweeted: “Why would he downgrade?”
@SpursFunnies tweeted: “Levy will eat them alive.”