Bayern Munich and Tottenham have reached a preliminary agreement for the transfer of England’s team leader, Harry Kane, at a value exceeding 100 million euros (£86.4 million). Kane, aged 30, is in the final year of his contract with Spurs and is now faced with the choice of staying or departing.
Having scored 280 goals in 435 matches, Kane holds the record as Tottenham’s highest-ever goal scorer. During the earlier part of the summer, there were rumors connecting Kane to Manchester United, but Bayern subsequently emerged as his primary destination.
For a number of seasons, the future of the striker in London has been uncertain, marked by various unsuccessful bids from Bayern earlier in the summer. Just recently, on Monday, Spurs rejected another offer, leading the Bundesliga champions to hint that if their bid wasn’t accepted, they would pursue other targets.
Daniel Levy, the chairman of Tottenham, has consistently rebuffed interest in Kane over the years, including a notable instance in 2021 when Manchester City, the Premier League champions, attempted to secure the striker.
There was also a lack of clarity about Levy’s willingness to sell Kane to another Premier League team, as he had previously indicated that he wouldn’t engage in business with either of the Manchester clubs.
However, with Kane showing reluctance to sign a new contract with Spurs, it appears that Levy has opted to sell him now to avoid losing him for free next year. This decision comes after Kane participated in pre-season matches for Spurs while negotiations with Bayern were ongoing, with his most recent appearance against Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday.
Ange Postecoglou, the newly appointed manager of Tottenham, had assured Kane of his “vision” for the club and expressed his desire to retain the striker in north London.
Kane, who emerged from Tottenham’s academy, has claimed the Premier League Golden Boot three times – in 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2020-21 – since his debut for the club in 2012.
Having scored 213 goals in 320 Premier League games, Kane needs just 48 more goals to surpass Alan Shearer’s scoring record. Despite being England’s all-time leading scorer with 58 international goals, Kane has never won a major trophy with either his club or the national team.
In contrast, Bayern is a consistent winner of silverware in Germany. Under Thomas Tuchel’s leadership, they secured their 33rd Bundesliga title last season – their 11th consecutive win – and have clinched the Champions League title six times, along with the German Cup on 20 occasions.
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