The picture regarding a surprise Harry Kane move from Tottenham to Bayern Munich in 2023 has been made clearer by Hasan Salihamidzic.
Recent reports have swelled speculation Kane’s time in north London could soon be up. Indeed, the Sun and German outlet BILD both reported Bavaria could be his next destination in the form of Bayern Munich.
The key factor behind those claims is Kane’s contract status.
The Tottenham talisman, 29, has entered the final two years of his current deal. Bayern were reportedly hopeful Kane would refuse to pen fresh terms, something that could force Spurs into a sale next summer.
If Kane were to make it clear he won’t sign an extension, common sense would dictate Daniel Levy and co sanction a sale while they still can. Losing such a saleable asset for nothing 12 months later would be near-unthinkable.
Bayern were also reportedly banking on their guarantee of trophies to lure Kane over to Germany.
Kane is yet to lift major silverware in his career despite being one of the finest strikers of his generation. A move to Bayern is one sure-fire way to fill the trophy cabinet.
However, according to Bayern sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, Tottenham fans and Antonio Conte can breathe easy.
“You can all go down a gear”
He told German journalist Philipp Kessler: “I don’t think Oliver Kahn (Bayern CEO) is forcing a move for Kane, you can all go down a gear, there’s nothing to it.”
Bayern’s admiration of Kane dates back numerous years, though has only come to the fore since Robert Lewandowski left for Barcelona.
However, if Salihamidzic’s comments are to be taken at face value, a move for Kane is not on their agenda.
That then begs the question: Will Kane sign a new deal?
Speaking on exactly that recently, Spurs boss Conte said (via the Mirror): “My opinion is only one of a million opinions [trying] to force the club, to tell the club ‘sign a new contract for Harry Kane’.
“Because we are talking about a world-class striker and a player who in this moment is the most representative player for Tottenham, no?
“For sure I would like him to sign a new contract. In this moment, for me, it is very important to see him happy, totally involved with this season, this project and what we are doing. For me, this is the most important.
“Then it’s a decision that the player and the club have to take.”
Will Harry Kane jump ship?
If Kane were to leave his boyhood club, the ideal time would’ve been last summer when Man City lodged multiple offers over the £100m mark.
His trophy cravings would’ve been satisfied at the Etihad, though Levy stood firm. With Erling Haaland now leading the line, a move for Kane is no longer required.
Regardless, Kane’s thirst for silverware may yet be quenched by staying where he is.
The arrival of Conte has proved to be a serious coup for the club and Spurs have the look of a side fully in sync for the first time since the Pochettino years.
The Italian has Tottenham running like a well-oiled machine and indicating how much credit he has in the bank, Levy loosened the purse strings in the summer.
For now at least, the wise money looks to be on Kane committing his future to Tottenham for the long-term.