Liverpool should push the boat out and sign Harry Kane to combat Man City’s Erling Haaland coup, and a pundit has explained why that’s not as outlandish as you might think.
Man City are on course to win their fourth domestic title in five years. Liverpool have been their biggest rival over that time, breaking City’s dominance to lift their first Premier League trophy in the 2019/20 season.
However, never content to rest on their laurels under Pep Guardiola, City are poised to get even stronger next year.
Indeed, Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland is on course to grace the Premier League. Details of City’s coup – including the full financial breakdown of the deal – can be found here.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently revealed how Liverpool plan to react to the Haaland news. The trusted journalist laid out four separate plans that will shape their summer, though insisted their transfer policy will continue to be geared around “smart deals”.
In other words, the Reds will maintain their approach of signing players entering their prime years who have a point to prove.
But according to pundit Tony Cascarino, Liverpool should fight fire with fire and break the bank for Harry Kane.
The Spurs striker endured a slow start to the season, though has since recaptured his best form.
Kane has once again been lauded for his playmaking abilities and has been instrumental in helping Son Heung-min to challenge for the golden boot. At the time of publication, the South Korean is just one goal behind Mohamed Salah in the scoring charts.
Kane was the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move to the Etihad last summer. Spurs supremo Daniel Levy stood firm, however, and Haaland’s impending arrival has shut that door for good.
Now, Cascarino referenced that move when explaining why Liverpool should swoop. He also explained why the Tottenham talisman might actually wish to leave and why the Reds are his only option.
Kane future dependant on Champions League?
“Signing Harry Kane would be the perfect way for Liverpool to respond to City’s capture of Haaland,” Cascarino wrote in the Times.
“Tottenham Hotspur are set to finish outside the Champions League places and if that happens Kane is unlikely to want to stay for another year.
“The England talisman cannot go to City because of Haaland’s move. Manchester United are not an option because they will miss out on the Champions League. Chelsea already have Romelu Lukaku.
“That leaves Liverpool as the only suitable destination for Kane — and he would be a great fit for Klopp’s team.”
Harry Kane to Liverpool – could it happen?
City reportedly saw multiple bids north of £100m for Kane knocked back last summer.
Even if his value has diminished somewhat being a year older and with 12 months fewer on his contract, a move would likely still require a new Liverpool club-record.
Virgil van Dijk was 26 when their current record mark of £75m was set. By the time next season begins, Kane will be 29.
Liverpool’s owners have shown they are willing to go big when the right man is available. However, a move for Kane makes little sense in our eyes.
Liverpool have arguably been at their best this season when Sadio Mane has operated centrally. With Luis Diaz an instant hit on Merseyside, Mane may find himself in the middle more often next year.
What’s more, Tottenham are trending in the right direction under Antonio Conte and Kane once again seems settled. And should Spurs overhaul Arsenal and qualify for the Champions League, the chances of Kane leaving would be practically nil.