Harry Kane will only sign a contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur once a new manager is appointed, according to reports.
The 29-year-old’s current deal at the London club is set to expire in June 2024, with speculation growing over his future amid links to Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Tottenham will understandably be desperate to tie Kane down to a fresh deal, but if they fail to do so before the start of next season, they could be forced into selling him to avoid losing their record scorer on a free transfer.
The England captain has had another typically prolific season, scoring 23 goals in 31 Premier League appearances for Spurs this term.
However, Kane is allegedly desperate to win a major trophy before his career ends – something he has been unable to do at Tottenham.
Now, according to a report from 90Min. both Kane and Spurs are ‘willing’ to ‘delay’ talks over a new contract until they appoint a new permanent manager.
Kane could force Spurs exit this summer
Antonio Conte left his post as Tottenham manager in March, only to be replaced by his assistant, Cristian Stellini, until the end of the season.
This came after Spurs had been knocked out of every major competition and the Italian coach voiced his frustrations after a disappointing 3-3 draw to Southampton.
So far, Stellini has won one, drawn one and lost one of his three games at the helm, including Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Bournemouth – which dealt another huge blow to Spurs’ Champions League qualification hopes.
In terms of a new permanent manager, Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has recently emerged as a top candidate, while Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea target Julian Nagelsmann are also on Daniel Levy’s radar.
However, Levy will have to pick carefully if he wants to tie Kane down to a new contract.
As mentioned, the 29-year-old is a key target for Manchester United, as Erik ten Hag looks for attacking support for in-form striker Marcus Rashford.
Bayern Munich are also poised to rival the Red Devils for Kane’s signature this summer, so there is certainly no shortage of interest in his signature.
There have been some reports that Man Utd could be willing to spend as much as £100m on Kane this summer, showing how much Ten Hag admires him.
As mentioned, if Kane turns down a new deal, Tottenham would most likely be forced to sell him this summer, so it will be very interesting to see how this story develops over the next few weeks.