Opinion: What Tottenham should do in the post-Kane era

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Harry Kane
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Harry Kane reportedly wants to leave Spurs in search of a winning project with titles and trophies aplenty.

The favourite destination so far is Manchester City as they are the only club who have made an offer for the England captain, and are in dire need of a number 9.

Spurs have a couple of options about what they can do in a post-Kane era in order to make the club a potentially winning team.

The club has managed to renew Heung Min Son’s contract, a new four-year deal until 2025. Given that Kane will leave, this is a big win, since Son is the second-highest scorer after Kane in the team.

Harry Kane scored 23 goals and recorded 14 assists in 35 league games last season. Son scored 16 and assisted 10 in 37 league games last season. 

SELL AND SPEND WISELY 

The money that Daniel Levy wants for Harry Kane is reportedly around £150m, which is enough to strengthen at least two areas of the squad by buying the right kind of players.

They have already secured the highly rated Bryan Gil from Sevilla, as well as Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta. The 26-year-old is ready to challenge Hugo Lorris for the number 1 spot between the sticks and the Argentine should slot straight into the centre of defence.

Tottenham still need to strengthen various areas of the squad, defensively, an attacking midfielder, and of course, a number 9. They also need to sign good young players for a successful rebuild.

Spurs could opt to go for good players who do not have a place at their current clubs. Tammy Abraham is one option, who is in and out of the Chelsea team. He scored 6 goals and assisted two in the 22 games he played in the league last season (TransferMarkt).

These are decent numbers for a player with limited minutes. I think Spurs could probably get him for around £40 million. 

Tottenham just need to make sure they don’t waste the money as they did a little with Gareth Bale’s transfer back in 2013.

While Kane is irreplaceable, it would be possible to use £150m to reinvent the squad with a new style, just like Liverpool did with Coutinho’s sale.

GET PLAYERS ON SWAP DEALS

Since Manchester City are looking like Kane’s favourite destination, a swap deal with them could be the answer to Spurs’ problems.

Players like Aymeric Laporte, Bernado Silva, and Gabriel Jesus, could be included in the deal since they might not get a lot of game time at the Etihad next season.

This would help Spurs a lot, but there is a problem in pulling off this kind of deal. There are a lot of complications with multiple contracts, agent fees, and much more. The players also have to agree to this move, a step down for some of them, so it would not be easy by any means. 

Manchester City are still pushing hard for Harry Kane, although Nuno did not rule out a Kane appearance in the matchday squad against the Citizens this weekend.

The transfer market is highly unpredictable, especially in these COVID-19 times. Tottenham, Daniel Levy and Fabio Parartici must approach the Kane situation wisely, ensuring they choose the option that is best for Spurs in the long term.

Whether he stays or goes this summer, Tottenham need to start preparing for the post-Kane era.

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