Harry Kane’s future will dominate the headlines this summer with the conclusion of Euro 2020 set to send the transfer rumour mill into overdrive.
Kane has informed Tottenham of his desire to leave the club in search of major silverware, having failed to win a trophy since coming through the academy ranks at the north London side.
Manchester City are understood to have made an offer for his services earlier this summer, though the Premier League champions are not the only side interested in signing the England captain.
Spurs are under no pressure to sell the 27-year-old who has three years remaining on his current contract, though may find a huge offer difficult to turn down for a player who has set his sights on an exit from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
So for those of you interested in betting online, we’ve taken a look at how the prolific forward could fit in at five major clubs linked with his signature.
Should Kane leave, chairman Daniel Levy would no doubt prefer to see the star head abroad with the Spurs fanbase likely to be outraged with the sale of their talisman to a domestic rival.
Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in signing Kane previously, though the club’s concerning financial situation appears to make a move difficult unless funds can be raised through player sales.
Should Kane arrive in the Spanish capital however, it would prove a huge boost to a Real side in need of a rebuild under the returning Carlo Ancelotti, having relinquished the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid last season.
Real relied heavily on Karim Benzema for goals, with no other player scoring more than six in the league, and whilst the France international remains a fine option at centre-forward he will turn 34 midway through next season.
Kane would represent a fine stylistic replacement for the veteran forward, having showcased his ability to drop deeper and link the play during the 2020/21 campaign, leading the Premier League for assists in addition to topping the goalscoring charts.
Ancelotti has often utilised a 4-4-2 formation throughout his managerial career to date and securing the signing of Kane could open up the prospect of the England captain relieving the pressure on Benzema in a two-man attack.
Paris Saint-Germain are perhaps amongst the few clubs in world football capable of financing a deal for Kane this summer, having already moved swiftly in the transfer market with a number of eye-catching signings.
Achraf Hakimi has arrived in a €60m deal from Inter Milan, alongside stellar free transfer signings in Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum – with Gianluigi Donnarumma expected to follow – as PSG strengthen for another tilt at the Champions League.
Kane’s desire to leave Spurs is based on a determination to win trophies and there are few clubs as capable of guaranteeing major honours, PSG having won seven of the past nine Ligue 1 titles, in addition to reaching at least the last four of the Champions League in each of the past two seasons.
Perhaps crucially, the Parisians are guided by former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who oversaw Kane’s evolution from academy prospect to bona fide star in English football.
Well-versed in Pochettino’s tactical preferences, a move to Paris opens up the prospect of a tantalising forward line featuring Neymar, Kane and Kylian Mbappe, despite the uncertainty surrounding the latter’s future after entering the final year of his deal.
Mbappe has often done most of his best work operating off a main focal point in attack with PSG having used Mauro Icardi and Moise Kean as a number nine in recent campaigns, but the signing of Kane could make arguably European football’s most potent forward line even more dangerous.
Thomas Tuchel has made the signing of a centre-forward a priority for Chelsea this summer, the west London side having been linked with Kane, Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku in the press.
Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are both expected to leave Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour, whilst Timo Werner struggled on occasion during his debut campaign and has often been utilised in a wide position.
Chelsea have an abundance of creative talents with Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz all amongst their options, a quartet in need of a player to lead the line and finish the chances created.
Chelsea underperformed in terms of xG last season with their 58 goals below an expected figure of 64, whilst Kane outperformed his expected in winning the Golden Boot with 23 league goals (xG 20.5).
Tuchel’s revolution at Chelsea was largely centred around the club’s defensive improvement, though a lack of clinical edge perhaps prevented the attacking improvements from being quite as vivid.
Jorginho finished as the Blues’ leading league scorer with just seven goals and Chelsea are in need of a player who can find the net regularly if they are to close the gap to Manchester City at the summit.
Could Kane prove the transformative signing a transitional Manchester United team needs?
The Red Devils have made steady if unspectacular progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent seasons, though are in need of further quality if the club are to genuinely challenge for the Premier League title next season.
United’s focus has been on the signing of Jadon Sancho with a deal for the Borussia Dortmund winger on the verge of completion, whilst talks have also been held over the signing of Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.
Each of those players would significantly strengthen the club’s options, though the signing of a top-class centre-forward could ultimately prove the difference.
The evergreen Edinson Cavani impressed during his debut season at Old Trafford and signed a one-year extension to his deal earlier this year, but at 34-years-old is not a long-term option leading the line and his minutes will be managed.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and arguably Mason Greenwood have all performed better in wide roles than as central strikers, whilst each of that trio – alongside the arriving Sancho – would benefit from the presence of Kane at number nine.
Capable of leading the line and bringing others into play, the 27-year-old linked superbly with Tottenham teammate Son Heung-Min last season whose intelligent runs from wide into central areas were often picked out by the England captain.
Kane could thrive as the focal point with forward runners in Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Sancho around him, whilst his signing would be a huge statement of intent from a United side without a major trophy since the 2016/17 campaign.
Players like Kane do not come on the transfer market often and he could echo the impact of Robin van Persie in arriving from north London to turn the Red Devils from contenders to champions.
Could the Premier League’s best team sign quite possibly the division’s best player from last season?
Pep Guardiola’s side secured a third title in just four seasons despite operating without a centre-forward for much of the campaign, a system not uncommon to the Spaniard who has made no secret of his love for midfield talent.
Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and even Kevin De Bruyne have been utilised in false nine positions on occasion, but the prospect of adding an elite centre-forward to City’s current contingent is a frightening prospect for opposition sides.
City scored more goals (83) and conceded fewer goals (32) than any other Premier League side in 2020/21, though over-performed in terms of xG by a huge margin of almost 10 goals (xG 73.3).
If the statistics indicate last season’s goalscoring numbers are unsustainable, the arrival of a player with Kane’s clinical edge will go a huge way to ensuring the Etihad outfit remain England’s dominant force.
Kane’s goalscoring record, ability to drop deep and physical presence would add a new dimension to Guardiola’s side and provide an option City have lacked despite their recent successes.
The Champions League remains the holy grail for a club that have dominated English football in recent seasons and the addition of Kane could prove the final piece of the puzzle after coming agonisingly close last season.
Next season’s Premier League is also expected to be more competitive with Liverpool set to return stronger and Manchester United and Chelsea strengthening their options, and signing Kane could keep City clear of the chasing pack.
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Author: Harry Diamond