Tottenham’s quiet, nondescript end to the season has been rocked with the news that Harry Kane is looking to hand in a transfer request. Spurs’ emphatic talisman has made it public that he is unhappy with Spurs lack of silverware and has ambitions to compete for major honours.
You’d have to factor in that Spurs playing in a Champions League is an integral part of playing at the North London outfit, but 2021/22 will be Spurs second season out of Europe’s top competition. For a world-class striker like Harry Kane, that is simply not good enough.
Kane is on the verge of 28 and is not getting any younger, and will know that this is the perfect time to engineer a move to an elite club that jostles for European ascendancy. The Three Lions captain will have in the back of his mind that he only has around five years left competing at the top level of football and will want to milk every minute of that challenging for trophies.
With England emerging as the fixed odds Euro favourites, Harry Kane will have his sights set on international glory before making a big move decision. Let’s have a look at three possible clubs the Spurs talisman could hone his craft for next season and a wildcard option.
Barcelona or Real Madrid
Kane has made it apparent that he wants to be lacing his boots up at the highest level of football, in-turn winning trophies. Kane was the Premier League joint-top goal scorer and top assist maker last season and is ready for the step up.
So, what’s the next step up? Barcelona and Real Madrid, of course. The two Spanish titans have had poor seasons in 2020/21 but that does not detract from the fact their pulling power is in a different stratosphere to the vast majority of clubs. And with 220 goals in 334 for Spurs, and 34 goals in 53 games for England, Kane is proving that he is world-class.
Real Madrid has Karim Benzema, one of the best no.9s in the world. He has been a faithful stalwart to the Spanish club and signing Kane would just be a hindrance for the Frenchman.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is in the market for the likes of a player like Harry Kane but still require pace. Many suggest that Barcelona would sacrifice the pace aspect just because of how good Kane is. With Ansu Fati returning to fitness after a year out injured, Barcelona would relish alternating their front two between Kane, Fati and Leo Messi to keep everyone fit and healthy.
For Kane, plying his trade with arguably the best player to ever play the game stacked with world-class young talent like Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and IIaix Moibra would be a dream come true.
Barcelona would arm Kane with a plethora of ambition, as the Spurs frontman would instantly begin each and every season challenging for a treble, with the exception that the club will win at least one major trophy. This is the level Kane wants to be at, the level he already exercises at boyhood club Spurs, but has realised that he can’t carry the team over the line by himself.
With Sergio Aguero departing Manchester City at the end of the season, the Citizens are in desperate need of a striker. Kane would be a perfect addition to fill Aguero’s boots. The Three Lions skipper would offer Man City a huge goal return, but in addition to that, he has the technical and tactical prowess to drop deep and involve himself in build-up play.
Kane would thrive under Guardiola, making the very best team in the country even better. This is the most realistic move for Kane, as Man City have the most pressing need of a man like Kane, while also having the purse strings to pull off the transfer fee to make the move happen.
The Sky Blues are reportedly already interested in signing Kane, and while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy won’t like the idea of selling him to a Premier League competitor, if the striker is desperate to leave then there may be no other choice.
The big Spanish sides may move for other players, and if Man City put all their eggs in one basket regarding Haaland, then other clubs might get the chance to secure Kane’s signature.
United’s interest in Kane is long-standing, as is their need for world-class talent as they try and close the gap with Man City. Chelsea meanwhile, have a superbly balanced squad with a pool of creative talent. The West London outfit has everything they want except an out-and-out goalscorer. Adding Kane would reinforce the ranks and add a well-needed no.9.
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