The Daily Mail’s Oliver Holt has claimed in his latest column that a bid of around £100m for Harry Kane in the summer might be difficult for Daniel Levy to turn down.
Kane has arguably been in the form of his life for the last five months, as he has become Tottenham’s creator-in-chief while continuing to bang in the goals at an astonishing rate.
The striker’s importance to Jose Mourinho’s men was demonstrated clearly by their performance in the second half against Liverpool and the game against Brighton on Sunday, as Spurs barely created any clear-cut chances without the 27-year-old on the pitch.
Holt believes that Kane might reconsider his future now that Tottenham look unlikely to compete for the title and suggested that Spurs’ financial issues might make it difficult for the Tottenham chairman to turn down a big offer for the England captain.
The journalist wrote: “That idea (of Tottenham winning the title) seems fanciful now, particularly given that Manchester City have hit their formidable stride. And it leaves an awkward question hanging in the air for Spurs: if they are not going to challenge now, when so much is in flux, when will they ever challenge?
“The same question will be going through Kane’s mind during the enforced period on the sidelines that awaits him. As he nurses his swollen ankles, the England captain knows that the biggest decision of his football life is looming this summer. Should he stay or should he go? Should he stick with Spurs or should he move on in pursuit of the game’s big prizes?
“Given their parlous financial state, it seems unlikely that Real Madrid or Barcelona would be able to muster a bid close to the £100million it would take to get Kane out of Spurs. But Manchester City have long been rumoured to be preparing an attempt to lure him to the north as a replacement for Sergio Aguero and, if a bid materialises, the state of Spurs’ own finances as they struggle with the costs of their new stadium and the effects of the pandemic may make it difficult for Daniel Levy to turn down.”
Holt believes Kane faces a big decision at the end of the season on whether he wants to be a loyal one-club man or win the biggest trophies in the game.
He added: “I hope Kane stays at Spurs. There are few things in football as powerful as a one-club man and what a legacy it would be for Kane if he remains at the club and overtakes Jimmy Greaves to become Tottenham’s leading scorer of all time. That record is well within his compass but whether he passes it or not, if he stays he will be revered at one of the great footballing institutions in this country for the rest of his life. A legacy like that is a precious commodity not available to many.
“Winning the biggest trophies isn’t everything. Greaves never won the league. Steven Gerrard didn’t win the league. Nor did Gary Lineker. Nor did Paul Gascoigne, arguably England’s greatest player in the last 50 years. And yet all are regarded with great affection. In fact, Gerrard’s reputation on Merseyside was enhanced by the fact he chose to stay at Liverpool when he could have chased glories with Chelsea.
“That is the dilemma Kane faces. The reality is that Spurs took a step backwards when they appointed Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who took Tottenham to the brink of triumph in the Champions League and the Premier League. But Spurs will be happy if they qualify for the Champions League now, let alone win it. Under Mourinho, lightly regarded cups are likely to be their ceiling.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Holt is right when he says Kane faces a big decision in the summer, especially if Tottenham fail to win silverware this season. However, to suggest that Daniel Levy could sell him for £100m is a ridiculous claim. A bid in the region of £100m will likely be laughed off by the Tottenham chairman.
It is also clear that Holt has not done any research on how Spurs are managing their stadium debt repayments using the low-interst loan the club have secured from the Bank of England. We are unlikely to be forced into selling any big players.
Have something to tell us about this article?