The one/off transfer saga of the English Premier League’s offseason could be about to take a dramatic turn, with star striker Harry Kane looking likely to stay with his club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Since he was a boy, Kane has been with the Spurs. He has risen through the ranks to become the most feared goal-scorer in the English game. Kane starred in the 2018 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot, and becoming captain of his country. This summer, despite England getting to the final of Euro 2020, he was not ranked as one of NBC’s top 20 players of the tournament. Now his domestic future is uncertain.
Kane had looked likely to leave the Spurs for pasture. Manchester City is eager to take him to the Etihad Stadium. He even missed training for the Spurs at the start of preseason, which seemed to suggest he was on his way. His club has come close to winning major trophies in recent years. The Spurs were beaten in the Champions League final in 2019 and fell short of the Premier League title in 2016. Kane, now 28, is desperate for some silverware, and Manchester City seems the most sensible destination. They’re favorites with Bwin to win this year’s Premier League, which would be their sixth triumph in 11 years. In addition, they’ve got an FA Cup and six League Cups in that same period. A move to Manchester City will guarantee Kane trophies.
It might not be as cut and dry as that. Manchester City spent £100m ($138m) on Jack Grealish, another English star, which has thrown their interest in Kane into doubt. Grealish is a wide player, so there is room for Kane in their squad. Although, they have previously stated they couldn’t afford the £200m ($276m) that Erling Haaland could have cost. If that’s the case, they’re unlikely to find £100m ($138m) that Kane will cost.
That has led one expert to suggest Kane could well stay put this summer. Alasdair Gold writes for Football London about Spurs. Gold feels that the timescale is now too tight for him to make the sensational move. He even believes Kane might even choose to sign a new multi-year deal.
“We’re now at the situation where it’s far less likely that [Kane] moves because I think it’s too little time,” he told the Gold and Guest podcast. “I’m intrigued to see where this goes now for Kane and “Camp Kane”, as it were because there are little bits of noises coming out from around his camp to not entirely rule out a new contract for him, which would be an incredible U-turn.
It would be a surprising change of heart for Kane, who has racked up 221 goals in 336 outings for his club. With 38 goals for England, he is closing in on Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 and is now only behind Michael Owen, Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker, and Sir Bobby Charlton in terms of goals scored. He is an icon of English soccer. However, he still has no silverware to show for his stellar career, and that could yet result in a move away from his boyhood club.
However, as the days tick by, it is looking increasingly unlikely.
Written by Anton Garcia