With the Premier League over for another season, focus will soon turn to the European Championship and the transfer market, and both could be inextricably linked.
Though he’s stopped short of making an official transfer request, Harry Kane is believed to have made it known to his employers at Tottenham Hotspur that he wishes to leave.
It can’t have come as any surprise given that he said back in 2017 that had he not won any trophies at Spurs within three years or so, he’d be looking to move on.
No one connected with the club can say he’s not been loyal to them or hasn’t always given of his best when wearing the shirt either.
For the last couple of seasons, he’s been their talisman.
Harry Kane was given a standing ovation as he thanked the fans for coming.
— BetVictor (@BetVictor) May 20, 2021
Daniel Levy, predictably, has put up the ‘not for sale’ signs, whilst slapping a £150m fee on his head. A little confusing to say the least, but typical of the man.
There’ll now follow a period of toing and froing and the usual sentiment before Levy has to accept that his captain sees his future elsewhere. We’ve seen it all before of course, with the likes of Berbatov and Bale, and it only ever ends one way.
Tottenham have been a sleeping giant for the past two decades, but they still haven’t woken up.
No silverware for 13 years and no hope of challenging for the game’s big honours without significant investment.
Why Mauricio Pochettino was ever let go only Daniel Levy knows, and as to his appointment of Jose Mourinho in response, that just showed up just how poorly run Spurs remain as a football club.
In any event, should Kane eventually get his wish, and no one wants to keep a happy player, right, then it’s not just the north Londoners who will be affected.
— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) May 23, 2021
Manchester United may be interested in the front man, but they’ve just tied Edinson Cavani to a new deal, and their focus is believed to remain on Jadon Sancho.
Chelsea could, potentially, afford the player and a switch across London would suit both parties, but, on current form, there’s no way Kai Havertz – who would need to make way – would appeal to buyers. The Blues won’t want their record signing sat on the bench for a second season either.
Realistically, that leaves Man City as a preferred destination, given that Kane is also believed to want to remain in the Premier League.
With Sergio Aguero bound for Barcelona, Kane is a more than able replacement, however, if he travels that particular path, the dominoes Europe-wide won’t start falling.
"He is a special person for all of us. He is so nice. He helped me a lot. We cannot replace him. We cannot." 😢
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 23, 2021
Leo Messi doesn’t then have his reunion with Pep Guardiola, meaning that PSG becomes his only realistic move, but in order to stay on the right side of FFP, the French giants would need to move on Kylian Mbappe which they’re loathe to do.
There appears to be an understanding between Mbappe and Real Madrid, however, Los Blancos are certainly not in the position to be able to acquire him this summer, and nor are Barcelona likely to sign Erling Haaland in that time frame.
The only way a potential ‘knock on’ effect takes place is if Levy is successful in keeping Kane in situ for another season.
Given that any transfer business really needs to be done early in order to ensure a player’s focus is on the job in hand at the Euros, and club managers can begin to plan accordingly rather than a last-minute change to the dressing room equilibrium, the next couple of weeks could be very interesting indeed…