Tottenham are braced for a mammoth bid that would see Harry Kane join a Premier League rival in an unthinkable move, and difficulties over appointing Julian Nagelsmann could embolden the England captain to leave, per reports.
The future of Harry Kane will come to ahead in the coming weeks and months. Tottenham are desperate to tie their all-time leading goalscorer down to fresh terms. Kane’s current deal expires at the end of next season.
However, Kane has made no secret of his desire to lift major honours and try as they might, Tottenham continue to be unable to satisfy that demand.
Man Utd, Bayern Munich and PSG are all confirmed admirers of the 29-year-old. Tottenham would greatly prefer to sell to an overseas rival in the event they do cash in, though selling to United would allow them to generate the highest fee.
However, another EPL side in the form of Chelsea are hunting an elite-level centre-forward this summer. The potential appointment of former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could work in Chelsea’s favour when it comes time to convince Kane.
Now, a fresh update from talkSPORT has revealed Spurs fully expect Chelsea to wade in with a huge bid. The outlet state Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ‘bracing himself for an offer from Chelsea’.
Figures in the region of £100m have been touted alongside a Kane exit this summer. That’d be a colossal sum to pay for a player who’ll turn 30 over the summer, though only Erling Haaland comes with a greater guarantee of goals from the striker position in the Premier League.
talkSPORT add Pochettino’s potential appointment is only serving to heighten Chelsea’s interest.
A permanent move for Joao Felix had been speculated not so long ago, though the Sun claimed if Felix returns for a second stint next season it’s likely to be on another loan.
Managerial hiccup harming Tottenham chances of retaining Kane
Transfer insider Graeme Bailey recently told TEAMtalk who Levy installs as Spurs’ next permanent manager will have a major impact on whether Kane signs a new deal.
To that end, Levy’s preferred option is the highly-rated and forward-thinking Julian Nagelsmann.
However, the Telegraph reported on Thursday that the mammoth cost of bringing Nagelsmann to north London is causing a ‘significant’ issue and Levy has drawn a line in the sand.
If Spurs are unable to show enough ambition with their next managerial appointment, the suggestion is Kane will look more favourably on the idea of leaving Tottenham.
Sky Sports have previously suggested Levy could play hardball and refuse to sell Kane – even if he doesn’t pen fresh terms. However, that would leave Spurs open to losing their most valuable asset for free 12 months later.
Tottenham fans would be loath to see Kane join another English side, but the idea of their talisman joining bitter rivals Chelsea would be unpalatable in the extreme. Only a move to Arsenal could be worse.
Yet if talkSPORT are correct, Chelsea certainly intend to ask the question and the potential lure of reuniting with Pochettino could play into Kane’s thinking.