DANNY MURPHY: Harry Kane has stayed a year or two longer than others would have at Tottenham – now it’s time for him to join Chelsea, Man City or United so he can play with a better group of players and be chances of winning medals
- Harry Kane has recently spoken about the desire to leave Tottenham
- Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are among Kane’s suitors
- Spores will have to be realistic and have their talisman leave the nest this summer
Harry Kane will be in demand with both Saturday night’s Champions League finalists and I think it will be impossible for Tottenham to keep him.
That doesn’t mean that Chairman Daniel Levy won’t fight hard to get a high transfer fee and that it might be the end of the period before everything works out, but when it does, I think a deal will eventually be struck.
It could look like the kind of chess game we’ve seen at Spurs before with Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Carrick, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Robbie Keane. While Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel want to get Kane in the door as soon as possible, none of the clubs wooing the England captain will want to immediately accept Levy’s appreciation.
Harry Kane has to leave Tottenham this summer to maximize his chances of winning silverware
It’s rare to see many deals of this size executed seamlessly. But Kane will fulfill his wish to move on and increase his trophy chances. Tottenham does not want to be left with an impairment good that is unhappy, frustrated and possibly angry.
Letting him leave to pursue his ambitions doesn’t mean bowing to the player’s power, it’s showing respect for someone who gave the club everything.
The reaction of Tottenham fans to Kane after the last home game against Aston Villa showed that they understand his situation. He’s stayed a year or two longer than others would have, although Levy is likely cursing the current financial situation over the pandemic as the price may have dropped from £ 150m to £ 100m.
At City, Chelsea or even United, despite their last disappointment in the Europa League, Kane will play with a better group of players than Spurs and that of course improves his chances of winning medals.
The Tottenham talisman appears to be leaving the club this summer after another trophy season
City will give him the best and fastest chance of that group next season. It is not without reason that they have a chance to win the Premier League again. Kane will be 28 in a few months, so he wants to minimize the risk of missing out. And the prospect of teaming up with Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez must be attractive.
The only caveat is that Kane’s motivation went beyond silverware. Virgil van Dijk chose Liverpool over City because he understood he would become a legend by helping them win a title. Likewise, if Kane wins the league at City, or collects cups with Chelsea, it wouldn’t be his fault. But if he’s the last piece in the puzzle at Manchester United and they become champions for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson, he would have created a legacy.
Regarding City and Chelsea, it was significant that neither side chose a natural striker in their starting line-up for the final in Porto, while Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Olivier Giroud were on the bench and Tammy Abraham was left out altogether.
It showed why those clubs would see Kane as a massive upgrade. It is of course up to Kane to determine his priorities. But Spurs will have to be realistic and let him leave the nest.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Man United would all improve his chances of winning trophies