Europe’s superpowers will be intrigued to hear Harry Kane discuss a potential exit from Tottenham Hotspur as he seeks major silverware, signaling a possibility that one of the world’s elite strikers may soon be on the market.
The player spoke with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp over Instagram Live and said he won’t stay at Spurs “for the sake of it,” adding his future at the club isn’t guaranteed:
The academy graduate bided his time waiting for a first-team breakthrough in north London, and it’s understandable Kane is considering his future as he approaches his 27th birthday.
Just about every powerhouse in the world would welcome the England star, but some clubs are in a much better place to accommodate such a deal.
5. Manchester United
The difficulty comes in that the Red Devils are pinning much of their future on Rashford, 22. The player’s finishing has been questioned at times with some arguing he’s better placed on the wing, and then there’s the development of 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood to consider.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems intent on playing a single-striker system, which really began to click as his side embarked on an 11-match unbeaten run before football was suspended due to the coronavirus.
The idea of Bruno Fernandes—and possibly Paul Pogba, should he stay at Old Trafford—supplying a front three of Rashford, Anthony Martial and Kane is a mouth-watering one for fans.
Club legend Rio Ferdinand recently encouraged his old club to move for Kane and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho later this year:
United aren’t the guaranteed trophy magnet they once were, but the signs of a rebirth have surfaced under Solskjaer, and Kane could be a driving force to accelerate those plans greatly.
The Chelsea board will face a test of loyalty when the summer transfer window opens and they’re able to either stick with academy product Tammy Abraham up front, or look for an upgrade. Many fans would see the club reward their homegrown talent, but Chelsea has proved to be a more cutthroat outfit than that of years gone by.
Abraham, 22, pounced on his opportunity after Frank Lampard relied largely on his corps of young English talents this season, scoring 15 times in 34 games for his first breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.
That came after Chelsea were barred from signing new players last summer, but the Londoners are already ahead in their 2020 summer business after agreeing a deal for Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.
Chelsea could be a few men lighter in attack this summer, too, as striker Olivier Giroud is among the players whose contract is due to expire, along with wingers Pedro and Willian, per Goal's Nizaar Kinsella:
Joining such a nearby rival would be an examination of not only Kane’s will but also Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s. The Spurs decision-maker is a notoriously difficult negotiator, and one imagines the Blues would be near the bottom of the list of clubs to whom he’s willing to sell.
Chelsea have the funds to finance a deal and are only three years removed from their last Premier League title, though Kane would have to accept his Spurs connection will be irreparably damaged with many supporters if he completed the transfer.
3. Atlético Madrid
The Wanda Metropolitano holds sour memories for Kane after Spurs lost the 2019 Champions League final to Liverpool in Madrid, but a move to Atlético Madrid could change all that.
One may argue he doesn’t fit the Diego Simeone ‘player profile’ or that his title dreams wouldn’t necessarily increase by much with Atleti, but I'd argue that a finisher of Kane’s standard could transform all that.
The forward signed a six-year contract at Tottenham in June 2018, nearly doubling his wages to £200,000 per week. Any club looking to sign him now would have to improve upon that number, and Pete Jenson of MailOnline reported five players at Atlético currently earn in excess of that amount (before tax), with their highest earner, Jan Oblak, currently on £350,000 per week.
Diego Costa, 31, rakes in £270,000 per week himself, meaning a move for Kane perhaps isn’t so unfeasible if they sold their veteran frontman, whose contract expires in 2021.
A signing like Kane could leave Alvaro Morata somewhat in the cold, but seeing last year’s £112 million signing, Joao Felix, combine with such a reliable partner could bring both to new heights.
2. Paris Saint-Germain
In a world where Paris Saint-Germain see Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi leave at the end of the 2019-20 season, Kane could be a very sensible addition to their jewel-encrusted attack.
As close as one gets to guaranteed trophies in a major league every year? Check. UEFA Champions League qualification? Check. A handsome salary increase at one of the world’s most well-backed clubs? Almost certainly check.
Icardi has been a savvy signing on loan from Inter Milan after scoring 20 times in 31 appearances for Les Parisiens, but there’s no guarantee PSG will make the move permanent.
Cavani, 33, seems all but certain to leave for free when his deal expires at the end of this season. His mother, Berta Gomez, told AS in February that a summer transfer to Atlético was possible after he missed out on a January move:
The French capital is an alluring destination, and the chance to form an attack flanked by Kylian Mbappe and Neymar either side isn’t one that comes around often. There’s been rampant speculation regarding how long Neymar stays at the Parc des Princes, though his departure would only help finance a deal for Kane should he depart in the foreseeable future.
1. Real Madrid
The Luka Jovic experiment has been a failure thus far at Real Madrid, and the lack of reliable options behind striker Karim Benzema looks alarming in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era.
Mariano Diaz isn’t considered as a starting option by manager Zinedine Zidane, and gone are the days when Gareth Bale was seen as an auxiliary man up front.
Kane fits the ‘Galactico’ mold and could follow fellow Englishmen David Beckham, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman in heading for Spain’s capital. A steadfast goalscorer is what's been missing since Ronaldo left for Juventus in 2018, and Kane is one of the most surefire ways to securing that again.
It just so happens 2021 is an election year at the Santiago Bernabeu, and concluding a deal for Kane would be one way for president Florentino Perez to boost his position ahead of the ballot.
Benzema’s contract at Real doesn’t expire until 2022, having extended his deal by one year in February, but one gets the impression that was mostly out of necessity in the absence of better alternatives.
Los Blancos will be under great pressure to replace their 11-year veteran with a star of equal or greater prestige when the times comes. Kane suits their needs in every area, and the Spanish titans would be able to give the player the elite opportunities he desires.