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Tottenham adamant Man Utd can’t have £100m star, as crazy free transfer stance comes to light

Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Tottenham, May 2023

Tottenham are reportedly ‘determined to resist’ Manchester United advances for Harry Kane, as they’d prefer to run the risk of him leaving for free next summer.

Kane has been one of the league’s best players for years, and that was especially true this season. Indeed, the Spurs striker’s 30 goals were the second most in the league and just six shy of Golden Boot winner Erling Haaland’s total.

That tally also meant Kane equalled his best-ever season in front of goal. Indeed, he’s netted 30 times in the league once before – in the 2017/18 season.

That campaign saw Tottenham finish third in the league and followed a second-placed finish the season prior.

This season, Spurs have been nowhere near that level. Indeed, they missed out on European football entirely, finishing in eighth place – below both Brighton and Aston Villa.

Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham for years. Even amid a period of battling in the top four season after season, the Englishman reportedly came close to moving to Manchester City.

Suggestions that he’ll move on have only gotten stronger amid Spurs’ poor run.

Manchester United are the most heavily-linked side. A world-class striker would surely allow Erik ten Hag’s side to challenge for the league title, and Kane has been identified as their no 1 target.

Tottenham adamant Man Utd can’t have Kane

While United are Keen on the snare, Tottenham will stand in their way. Indeed, the Mirror reports the north London outfit are ‘determined to resist’ the Red Devils’ attempts to sign the striker.

Chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly ‘adamant’ that the club won’t sell to a Premier League rival.

As such, with just a year left on Kane’s contract, they’re ‘ready to run the risk’ of him leaving on a free next summer, rather than cash in and ‘leave the club in even greater turmoil’.

Indeed, after a poor season it would be devastating to lose their prized asset. Had Kane not been with the club this season, they could have been far worse off than eighth.

With that being said, it makes sense why Spurs don’t want to see him go. However, they’ll likely be burdened by the same situation next year, with it looking unlikely Kane will want to stay.

Real Madrid given slim hope amid Levy stance

That could just mean United wait a year and snare Kane next summer. That would save them a lot of money – it’s suggested Spurs want £100million – and Kane might well still be available then.

However, they might also see another season as too long to wait to get their striker, and either move on to another star, or attempt to pay over the odds for Kane.

Another avenue in Kane’s future could be a move abroad. Real Madrid have emerged as a contender for his signature, with the striker apparently having been offered to the La Liga side, due to the fact Spurs don’t want to sell the star within the Premier League, but are aware he may want to leave.

Despite Tottenham’s attempts to receive a fee for Kane while not selling to a rival side, it would be very surprising if he was open to a move to Madrid.

He’s now just 47 goals shy of Alan Shearer’s Premier League record tally. That could take him as little as two good seasons to reach, but would of course hinge on him remaining in the league, meaning he’s very unlikely to say yes to move abroad just yet.

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