David Ornstein has suggested that even if Harry Kane does not sign a new deal with Tottenham Hotspur this summer, the North London club are expected to keep hold of the striker and carry on contract talks into next season.
Alasdair Gold revealed via Football.London a couple of days ago that, as things stand, Spurs think the 29-year-old is less likely to leave and the expectation is that he will spend at least another season in N17.
Ornstein has now said that Daniel Levy would allow Kane to run into the final year of his deal even if it means risking the possibility of the striker leaving as a free agent in 2024.
The journalist told Sky Sports: “Daniel Levy knows it’s near impossible to replace him, even if you get £100m for him. It’s going to take a much, much higher fee for Tottenham to even consider letting him go.
“They’ll carry on these contract talks into next season even if it takes that, even maybe if it means him leaving as a free agent and kicking this can down the road and addressing it in 2024.”
Ornstein revealed that there is no indication from Kane’s camp at the moment that the striker is going to agitate for a move and he also suggested that the Man Utd hierarchy might not be prepared to spend big on a player with little to no resale value.
He continued: “You’ve also got Kane’s position in all this. We don’t sense agitation like we did when he came very close to Manchester City.
“That was clear – we all ran stories about it that were well sourced that he wanted to leave.
“And we’re not hearing that now which makes me think he’s in a bit of a quandary. ‘What opportunities do I have elsewhere? Will Tottenham let me go? Could the new manager bring the chance of silverware?’ Which is what he’s dreamed of – competitive football at Tottenham.
“Manchester United are heavily linked. Erik ten Hag, it’s pretty clear would like to sign him. But do Manchester United as a club? Because of course age-wise and value for money and their ownership situation, there’s no resale value on him.
“It’s a massive financial decision that I’m not sure they’re convinced of taking, especially when there are other options.
“There are so many moving parts to this and all of it leads me to the conclusion that it’s not going to happen quickly, and I think it’s more likely that Harry Kane stays this summer.”
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It is pretty clear that Kane’s camp are quite relaxed about the situation, given the striker has the option of leaving Spurs on a free transfer next summer.
I would not be surprised if Spurs offered the 29-year-old a new contract with the option of a release clause next summer, which would become active if the club fail to finish in the top four again next season.
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