How Tottenham plan to keep Man Utd transfer target Harry Kane in three-part plan
Tottenham are once again battling to keep hold of Harry Kane after another trophyless year with the England captain growing restless at a lack of silverware, but the club are hopeful one man can help the striker commit his future to north London. Spurs came agonisingly close to their first piece of silverware since 2008 last year when they reached the Champions League final.
It wasn’t to be as Tottenham fell short against Liverpool, but there was some optimism about the direction Tottenham were heading.
Big moves were expected in the summer transfer window, and that came in the form of record-signing Tanguy Ndombele while Giovani Lo Celso was brought in on an initial loan along with Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke.
However, the club struggled to build on last year’s success with Pochettino eventually being replaced by Jose Mourinho mid season.
The Portuguese coach helped steady the ship and pushed them back up the table towards a European spot prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus.
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But having been knocked out of all cup competitions, it will be another trophyless year for Tottenham with concerns growing on Kane’s future.
The 26-year-old further fuelled rumours of him potentially leaving after admitting to Jamie Redknapp in an Instagram live chat that he wouldn’t stay at Tottenham “just for the sake of it”.
Manchester United have seemingly been the most aggressively linked with making a big-money move to sign Kane.
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But Football.London claim Mourinho holds all the cards on convincing Kane he will be best served to stick it out with Tottenham.
The report points out Tottenham have no interest in selling Kane and any transfer would likely cost a world-record fee.
It also highlights how Mourinho will have to best utilise Kane in his system, suggesting a move for someone like Olivier Giroud or Artem Dzyuba to offer him the best support.
And Mourinho may also need to use his impressive CV to convince Kane that he knows what it takes to build a trophy-winning team.
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Tottenham have also been boosted in their hopes of holding onto Kane with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitting the club’s summer budget will likely be limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer,” he said.
“As ever our priority is the success of team. But we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.
“On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport.”
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