Harry Kane transfer rumours
Harry Kane may leave Spurs this summer, but it won't be for a rival club. Will Oliver/Shutterstock.

Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly refuse to sell star striker Harry Kane to a Premier League rival this summer despite rumours a transfer could be permitted to ease the financial state of the club.

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone wrote on Monday that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not sanction such a deal despite Kane’s recent suggestion he could depart to fulfil his trophy ambitions.

Kane, 26, spoke to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp in March and suggested he could cut ties with Tottenham in order to win major silverware, which has eluded him thus far in north London:

The England captain signed a six-year contract with Spurs in 2018. Joe Bernstein of the Mail on Sunday wrote last season’s UEFA Champions League runners-up could be open to selling for a figure in the region of Neymar’s £200 million world-record fee when he joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017.

He added the coronavirus pandemic has led to financial complications at Tottenham, who only last year completed the £1 billion project to build their new stadium.

Real Madrid have also been associated with a move for Kane and could make most sense as a transfer, with one eye on the future of Karim Benzema.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville told Sky Sports colleagues Kane would be a perfect fit at his former club, who have been strongly linked with his signature for several seasons:

The Spurs star has scored 181 goals in 278 appearances for Tottenham, 136 of which have been in the Premier League.

Kane joined Spurs’ academy in 2004 and was farmed out on loan in England’s lower tiers before receiving his first-team break in 2014. He won back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots in 2016 (25 goals) and 2017 (29), as well as being crowned top scorer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.