With Harry Kane reportedly telling Tottenham Hotspur that he wants to leave the club, what is likely to be the English Premier League’s biggest transfer saga has begun.
In recent interviews, the 27-year-old England striker, who has been at Spurs since he was a schoolboy, has made no secret of his desire to win trophies.
And it seems that he no longer feels that the club he has supported since he was 11 years old is capable of matching his ambitious goals.
After finishing outside the top four in 2020, Tottenham has had another disappointing season. Jose Mourinho was fired as manager in March, and the club is currently in sixth position in the league, with Champions League qualification almost definitely ruled out for the second season in a row.
Spurs also lost the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City, missing out on a chance to win their first trophy since 2008.
Tottenham’s reaction to the news was swift, with the club issuing a statement on Monday night stating that the club’s “focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible. That’s what everyone should be focused on.”
Kane, who is currently the Premier League’s top scorer, will have plenty of suitors.
While he is under contract at Spurs until 2024, and the club has no pressing need to sell, the online portal Transfermarkt.com rates him at 120 million euros.
Manchester United, who just announced that Uruguayan veteran Edinson Cavani would extend his contract for another season, will undoubtedly be first on Kane’s list of suitors.
City, their crosstown rivals, are also looking for a forward to replace Sergio Aguero, though they have been linked with Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, whose father played for the Cityzens.