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Harry Kane has told Tottenham he wants a move, preferably to another Premier League club, before Euro 2020. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and an unnamed overseas side instantly registered an interest in the player last night with his representatives.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is likely to hold out for £120m-plus for a player who still has three years of his contract to run.
Kane was persuaded to give Spurs 12 more months to win things last summer but after another season of disappointment he is determined to fulfil his long-stated ambitions to win silverware before he retires.
“Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements,” Kane said when he was named Premier League player of the year at the London Football awards recently. “As much as this award is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is to offer as a team and we are not quite doing that.”
Finalising a move before the Euros start on June 11 seems ambitious with Levy a notoriously hard negotiator, but there is a feeling within the club that Kane’s long-standing loyalty, despite constant rumours linking him with a move away, should be recognised.
For now, with Aston Villa travelling to London on Wednesday for the final home game of the season, the club are refusing to discuss Kane’s future.
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“We have a season to finish, we want to finish as strongly as possible and that is all we are focusing on,” a club spokesman said.
The sirens were ringing all round the top of the Premier League last night – Nine… Nine… Nine…
No wonder United, City and Chelsea were immediately on the Kane emergency hotline – not one of them has somebody close to his ability to fill their No 9 spot.
Of course, Kane is so much more than an out-and-out striker. But the fact he can produced his brilliance as the figurehead of an attack will see him as the missing piece for not one but three of the Premier League’s top strikers.
So where could he end up? Express Sport takes a look.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resolute determination to hang on in the title race as long as possible shows they are not far away from challenging for top spot in a more genuine way.
Once again, until Edinson Cavani’s late cameo, their big lack was a central striker.
Marcus Rashford still tends to do his best work cutting in from the flank and while Mason Greenwood could one day lead the United attack, he is too young to be expected to carry a fully-fledged title challenge.
The arrival of a player like Kane might convince Paul Pogba that he really is at a club worth his highly self-regarded services.
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Six goals. That is the most any player in a Chelsea shirt has managed in the Premier League all season despite a £200million outlay last season.
There are signs that Timo Werner could work as a wider player and Christian Pulisic continues to develop an enigmatic style that could prove successful in the Premier League.
Mason Mount would relish a club-and-country understanding with his international skipper.
Having shown such marked improvement under Thomas Tuchel, Roman Abramovich could see Kane’s arrival as another era-defining signing.
With Sergio Aguero using this season as his long drawn-out goodbye, Pep Guardiola has developed a whole new way of playing without a No 9.
It has produced some mesmerising football at times, with Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan all leaving defenders scratching their heads.
However, their overall tally of just 76 goals puts them around 20 behind what Manchester City have produced since Pep Guardiola’s first season at the club.
Despite the strong links with Erling Haaland, the City manager knows Kane is more a tested final piece to add to his jigsaw.
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