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Nagelsmann openly talks about Harry Kane transfer as Bayern Munich turn the screw, but there is a ‘problem’

Harry Kane Tottenham July 2022

Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has openly admitted he would love to sign Tottenham star Harry Kane as Robert Lewandowski’s replacement.

The Bundesliga champions have certainly not ruled out a move for the England skipper, more so the opposite. German outlet Bild have reported that Bayern officials have sounded out a move for Kane. And apparently they have not received an abrupt ‘no’ – or an instant rejection of any sort – from Kane’s camp.

Of course the Three Lions’ talisman almost left Spurs for Manchester City last summer. But City failed with a number of bids and Kane eventually released a statement at the end of August stating he was staying put.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer,” said Kane interestingly. And with Bayern hunting for a replacement for the brilliant Lewandowski, they have made an approach to the 28-year-old.

Speaking to the press in the United States, Nagelsmann was asked about a potential move for Kane and he did highlight one problem.

Nagelsmann said: “He’s very expensive that’s the problem – but brilliant player, one of two or three who can play as a centre forward [as well as a] No 10, but he’s very strong, brilliant with [his] head and both feet.

“He could score a lot in the Bundesliga, I don’t know the price, but it’s really tough for Bayern Munich. We’ll see what happens in the future.”

Lewandowski departed the German giants this summer after eight years in Bavaria. And his departure has left a huge hole in Bayern’s forward line.

Lewandowski announced earlier this summer that he wanted to leave the German club and Barcelona completed a deal earlier this week. Barca paid around £42m for the 33-year-old in a deal which Nagelsmann said was good for both clubs.

Kane ‘under contract’

Although he was baffled how Barca had funded the transfer.

Barcelona is “the only club in the world that has no money but can buy every player” said the Bayern chief.

What is clear is that Bayern are hunting for a high-profile replacement and Kane is a man who ticks a lot of boxes.

Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn also told Bild: “He’s under contract with Tottenham. Sure, an absolute top striker, but that’s all a dream of the future.”

The former Orient loanee is under contract at Spurs until 2024. Whether they will be able to keep him long-term remains unclear.

Daniel Levy has always maintained Kane is not for sale but with his contract running down he may have to consider selling the striker rather than lose him for free in two years time.