Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has been quizzed about the Bundesliga champions’ chances of signing Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Kane is seriously considering a move to Bayern after entering the final year of his contract at Tottenham. Although he could pursue the Premier League’s all-time goalscoring record by staying put, the temptation of competing for multiple honours in Germany is weighing on his mind.
After all, Kane is one of the best strikers of his generation, but much has been made – to an unfair degree, perhaps – of the fact that his medal cabinet is bereft of anything gold.
Bayern have already been bidding for Kane and are keeping up the pressure on Tottenham, who still do not want to sell the 29-year-old.
Now, Tuchel has been asked about Bayern’s interest in Kane, who could become their long-awaited replacement for Robert Lewandowski after the Poland international left them for Barcelona last summer.
At a press conference that gave him his first chance to speak in pre-season, Tuchel said: “I have a very boring answer: I do not comment on players who are not with us.
“It’s well known that we are looking for a number nine. If we find someone that fits in, then we’ll go all in.
“If we don’t find anyone, we’re happy with our squad. But we need more patience.”
Kane to Bayern saga likely to continue
Tuchel, of course, was previously in charge of Chelsea, with whom he came across Kane on several occasions.
Now, Kane appears to have been tempted by Bayern’s advances. Ultimately, though, the deal will hinge on whether or not they can agree a fee with Tottenham – and that saga could drag on for a while.
Spurs have been the only club to have owned Kane in his career so far after he came through their academy. There were some loan spells earlier in his career, but he has been a focal point of the club since 2014.
Indeed, Kane is now Tottenham’s all-time leading marksman, just as he is for England.
Moving to Bayern would not only give him a fresh challenge, but it would enable him to step back up into the Champions League after Tottenham missed out on European qualification altogether for next season.
At the other end of the pitch, Bayern have also been working on a deal for Kane’s international teammate Kyle Walker from Manchester City.