Harry Kane will ‘definitely’ leave Tottenham this summer and his exit is “not even in debate” – with two clubs likely to battle it out for his British record signature.
Kane has been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation after admitting he’ll review his future this summer. The pointed comments he has made about wanting to win trophies have given an indication of his mindset. Missing out on the top four, which currently looks likely, will be another blow for Spurs in keeping their star man happy.
It’s all resulted in interim boss Ryan Mason making this admission about the England striker’s future.
Now rumours of his exit at Tottenham are beginning to gather pace. And it seems that missing out on the Champions League will be enough to force his sale.
Indeed, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook says he’s been told by an unnamed Premier League chief that Kane will leave the North London club at the end of the campaign.
“Well, I was told by somebody high ranking at one of the Premier League clubs that Harry Kane absolutely will leave Tottenham this summer. It’s not even in debate,” Crook said.
And while Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not keen to sell to a Premier League rival, it seems his hand could be forced.
As such, Wednesday’s Paper Talk claimed he would be the subject of a £90m approach from Manchester United. As per The Sun, United’s owners, the Glazer family, want to sign the player to help quash supporter unrest.
Paul Merson: Manchester United should go for Harry Kane
Soccer Saturday's Paul Merson and Lee Hendrie debate the possible destinations for Harry Kane if he leaves Tottenham in the summer.
However, United are not alone in the likely bidding for Kane. As per multiple reports, he is also the man Pep Guardiola wants to replace Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.
And while the £90m fee might be a stretch for United, it’s a fee that City could comfortably make.
Levy though could look to drive the price higher. Either way, his transfer from Tottenham this summer is likely to set a British transfer record. That currently stands at the £89.3m United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.
Mason dodges Kane exit questions
Mason recently was quick to avoid questions about Kane’s potential exit at Tottenham this summer.
“I don’t think so. Harry Kane loves this football club. That’s been proven over the last seven or eight years. He’s one of the best strikers in the world,” Mason said prior to Sunday’s clash with Sheffield United.
“Everyone knows that, we know that and I’d like to think Harry knows that as well.
“The most important thing right now, and our attention right now, is this weekend. We can’t disrespect any opponent and we can’t be investing our energy into anything else.
“That’s all I have to say on the matter. Our attention, Harry’s attention, the attention of this whole football club is on this Sunday.”
Mason and Kane are close friends off the pitch but the former Spurs midfielder insists he has not held counsel with the striker about his future.
“No, I’ve not spoken to Harry. Harry is a constant professional,” Mason added. “There haven’t been and there won’t be any conversations with me and him regarding anything apart from the training day or the match ahead.
“He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever met in my life so Harry Kane has been training excellently this week. He’ll be training excellently tomorrow, I know that, and he’ll be ready for the weekend.”