Harry Kane determined to leave Tottenham Hotspur despite potential Mauricio Pochettino return
According to The Times, Harry Kane is determined to leave Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window.
Kane believes Spurs need serious investment to challenge for trophies and is concerned Daniel Levy is unable to afford to. Even the potential return of Mauricio Pochettino to replace Jose Mourinho will not be enough to change the striker’s mind.
The north London side finished the Premier League season 24 points behind champions Man City. They were also eliminated from the FA Cup in the fifth round, beaten in the Carabao Cup final and knocked out of the Europa League in the Last 16.
Kane has informed Spurs Chairman Levy of his desires to quit Tottenham this summer. He also believes they have a verbal agreement in place from last summer that will allow him to leave.
Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea have all expressed their interest in Kane. The 27-year-old’s preferred destination would be the Etihad Stadium, but is open to exploring other options.
Levy may hope that a return to north London for Pochettino could help convince Kane to stay. But the England captain is unlikely to be persuaded due to his fears over the club’s ability to invest.
Pochettino is interested in taking up Mourinho’s vacant hot seat after encountering political in-fighting at Paris Saint-Germain. Real Madrid are also considering the Argentine to replace Zinedine Zidane, but PSG have extended his contract to 2023.
TBR’s view: Tottenham hold the cards over Kane
Kane having three years remaining on his contract will see that Tottenham hold the cards over his future. That is depending on the agreement he has with Levy, who is demanding £150million (Telegraph) to sell him this summer.
If the agreement is not a de facto buy-out clause, then Levy will instead need to focus his efforts on convincing Kane that Spurs are heading in the right direction. Clearly, re-appointing Pochettino – under whom the striker flourished – will not be enough.
Kane’s situation, then, could persist throughout the summer until he knows for sure if Levy has the funds to make Tottenham serious title contenders. Only then can his unrest be put to bed and focus on being a part of Spurs clinching any silverware.
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