The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel has suggested that Harry Kane could end up making a move across London to Chelsea in the summer.
Kane is rumoured to be on the radar of several clubs across Europe including Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, reports indicate that Tottenham are unlikely to sell the striker to a domestic rival while Daniel Levy’s valuation of Kane is likely to put off the likes of Juve, PSG and Madrid.
The Sun has even claimed that the England captain has accepted the fact that he is likely to stay put at Spurs.
However, Samuel believes that Chelsea could make a serious move for the 27-year-old this summer if they miss out on Erling Haaland.
He wrote in his column for The Daily Mail: “Chelsea appear increasingly likely to miss out on Haaland, particularly with the futures of Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne secure.
“Who would not want to be coached by one and supplied by the other? Manchester City is a perfect fit for Haaland. This leaves Chelsea without option A, but still in pressing need of a striker.
“Thomas Tuchel cannot go into next season with a false nine system built around Kai Havertz who has scored five goals all season, four of which were against Barnsley and Morecambe. His only goal against Premier League opposition was at home to Southampton on October 17.
“Chelsea’s false nine is not thriving like Guardiola’s in Manchester. It is born from necessity – from a lack of faith in the goalscorers, and a lack of goals in those afforded faith.”
The journalist also suggested that the Tottenham striker’s options could be limited this season and that a move to Stamford Bridge would give him a better chance of winning silverware than a move to Old Trafford.
“If he has decided it is time to leave Tottenham, his options are increasingly limited”, Samuel wrote.
“Manchester City appear to be prioritising elsewhere. The Spanish and Italian giants do not have the money. It leaves a move within the Premier League.
“Manchester United would surely be interested but are without a domestic title since 2013 or any form of silverware since 2017.
“If trophies are Kane’s motivation, who is to say United would be the right career move? Since they were last champions, Chelsea have won two league titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. This is the gratification he seeks.”
Samuel also suggested that Spurs’ financial owes due to the pandemic might force Levy to soften his stance with regards to doing business with Chelsea.
He added: “This just leaves Levy. The pandemic has affected his business plan more than most. Tottenham were supposed to have a multi-sport, multi-event stadium bringing in significant revenue.
“Yet is the crisis so great he would sell Kane to a rival? It would be close to impossible to market such a move to Tottenham’s supporters, no matter the mitigations.
“It might even be unpalatable at the Chelsea end. Carlton Cole claimed he was set to move from Chelsea to Tottenham in 2005 but Roman Abramovich intervened, claiming he wouldn’t do deals with them.
“The last player to switch from Tottenham to Chelsea, meanwhile, was goalkeeper Neil Sullivan on a free transfer in 2003.
“So it’s a long shot. It’s hard to make happen. It’s Kauto Riko to win the Grand National. But £150million can open a lot of doors, change a lot of minds. And old rivalries aside, it rather makes sense.”
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City are the only Premier League club I can see Kane potentially leaving Spurs for as they are the only ones who can afford Levy’s asking price (which is likely to be significantly higher than £150m). City are also the only club where Kane would be guaranteed to win a league title or two.
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