Following this summer’s delayed European Championships, Harry Kane will be turning 28 years of age. As things stand, there is the possibility that he could go away on holiday this year (if indeed holidays are allowed!) with both Carabao Cup and European Championship medals with Tottenham Hotspur and England respectively. In order to do so, his club must beat a very strong Manchester City side at Wembley in April and his country must navigate their way past Europe’s best national sides. Thus, there is also a strong chance that once again Kane will end up empty handed.
It has already been noted that England’s talisman will consider his club future following the completion of their Euro 2020 campaign. If it is to be the case that Kane still has no medals at this point, and with the highly likely scenario of Tottenham not having Champions League football to look forward to next season either, then Europe’s elite will be on high alert.
There will be a flurry of transfer activity this summer involving some of the biggest names in the game. One year on from Covid, clubs will now know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and cash will be splashed more freely than it was last summer. The recent announcement of Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City, following the completion of thisseason, means that he will join another club and that the cash rich champions elect of England will be on the lookout for a high profile replacement.
The future of Erling Haaland will surely dominate most of the back pages and social media rumour mills. A move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City could well be the perfect fit, especially in light of Aguero moving on. With his father playing for the club between 2000-2003, Erling Haaland grew up supporting City. He was a member of a Scandinavian Manchester City Supporters’ Club on Facebook until recently when the questions surrounding his future from fellow members meant he decided to leave the group.
There will of course be stiff competition for Haaland’s future with all of Europe’s big guns surely interested in a player who became the quickest in Champions League history to reach 20 goals, and by some distance too. He has been sensational for Borussia Dortmund again this season scoring 21 goals in as many Bundesliga games and 10 goals in just 6 Champions League appearances.
There will be no shortage of takers for both Haaland and Kane, amongst others. Both players have been linked with moves to Manchester United this summer. With Haaland a boyhood Manchester City supporter and with his agent being Mino Raiola, it would seem highly unlikely that a move to Old Trafford will materialise. The club have already had plenty of run ins with the controversial agent, and there have been reports that they would be reluctant to do so again. All of this despite United chasing Haaland whilst at RB Salzburg and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s role in his development whilst together at Molde in their native Norway.
A move for Harry Kane would appear much more realistic. If he was to end up with no winners’ medals again this season, then at the age of 28 it could be the perfect time for him to move on from his boyhood side. He is currently Tottenham’s second highest goalscorer in their history with 215 goals and is closing in on Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266. As important as it is for Kane to break records he will also want to win silverware.
There have been many comparisons to Harry Kane staying at Spurs without being successful, just like Alan Shearer did at Newcastle United. The major difference, however, is that Shearer had already won the Premier League with Blackburn in 1995 and when he returned to his native North East for a world record transfer fee he was doing so with the aim of helping Newcastle win the title. As time went on, Shearer was happy at the club even after their challenge faded, safe in the knowledge he had already achieved that feat elsewhere and that Jackie Milburn’s record was in sight. In a sense a reverse of Harry Kane’s situation.
A perfect storm this summer of Kane’s age, desire to win trophies and Tottenham’s likely failure to qualify for the Champions League should provide encouragement to those at the biggest clubs on the continent, especially Manchester United. He would be the perfect number 9 that the club is searching for. He would almost guarantee goals and points should he sign. He will also know plenty of the squad from the national side. In joining United, he would be the main man, the focal point and this is a role that he relishes.
With Spurs missing out on Champions League revenue for the second season in a row, and with the finances also hit by the absence of supporters for 12/18 months, the pressure could well be on to raise funds to pay for their impressive new stadium. With supporters potentially phased in from August and into 2022, there may well not be full capacity crowds for some time yet which would again hit the balance sheet. A fee of at least £100m would be commanded for Kane.
It is never easy dealing with Daniel Levy, but with Kane possibly being more open to a move than previously and Spurs’ finances being hit, it could be now or never for Harry Kane to move on and fulfil his ambitions. It remains to be seen whether United’s owners, the Glazers, would stump up the £100m to prize him to Old Trafford but if the opportunity is there, I’m sure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be making the case that Kane could well be man needed up top to lead the club to success.
Despite some misgivings over his recent injury record and the need for Solskjaer to strengthen his defence and midfield too, signing Kane could well be another van Persie type signing where his goals fire the club to the title. There will likely be more outgoings from Old Trafford once the season is over, which will raise more cash, and with the Glazers tasting Super Bowl success this winter back in the States, this may well have wetted their appetite to back the good work Solskjaer is doing at the club to allow United to push on. It could be that the stars will align this summer for United to take the plunge and go all out for Harry Kane.