Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has said that he can see Harry Kane turning his back on Tottenham Hotspur.
There has been plenty of speculation over Kane’s future in recent weeks after he claimed that he would not rule out departing North London in the future (Sky Sports).
Reports initially suggested that Daniel Levy was willing to sell the striker to Manchester United if a world record bid of £200 million was received (Daily Mail).
However, reports have since contradicted the claim with Football.London suggesting that Tottenham have no plans on selling Kane this summer while Sky Sports claimed that the striker is not currently on the radar of the Old Trafford outfit
Merson has already been quite vocal about Kane’s future. He told Sky Sports last month that the 26-year-old will have to leave Spurs due to Jose Mourinho’s negative approach to games.
Now he has boldly claimed that Spurs could find themselves without Kane in their squad and he could leave for a fee substantially less than the £200million previously reported.
In his column for the Daily Star, Merson wrote: “There will be many a Spurs fan who thinks Harry Kane leaving the club is just wishful thinking by jealous people.
“Let me tell you, I can definitely see him going and if Spurs fans want even worse news – it won’t be for anywhere near £200m.
“I hear all this stuff about ‘He’s one of our own’ and I get it. But, I don’t buy it, because I’ve seen a million of them before and when it comes to football, it can mean nothing.
“Harry is an extremely decent player and seems to be an equally decent bloke, but can I see him doing what is unthinkable in many people’s eyes and moving on? Oh yeah. One hundred per cent.
“Jose Mourinho will set his side up to not concede many goals but there won’t be the kind of chances floating around to see Harry set his sights on 25-30 in a season. He loves scoring and he will want to win things.
“I think he’ll be off. Anyone expecting £200m can forget it. The current situation means football is going to have a drastically changed market.
“Right now with the world as it is and massive changes on the horizon, £100m would be a lot of money for many, many clubs and that includes Tottenham.”
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Merson has never been the sharpest tool in the shed and so perhaps it would help if someone were to explain to him how transfers actually work. Given that Kane still has four years left on his contract, there is no reason for Tottenham to sell if their asking price isn’t met.
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