Tottenham are reportedly interested in Manchester City striker Jesus, potentially paving the path to a swap deal plus cash for Harry Kane.
Kane will not make a decision about his future until Tottenham appoint a new manager, a move that should be confirmed in the next two weeks, prior to the start of Euro 2020.
However, Kane has made clear his ambition to win major honours, which he has a higher probability of achieving with a side of City’s CV.
City are far and away the favourites to win the Kane sweepstakes, so it’s logical for Daniel Levy to handpick players, with consideration of a prospective swap deal, from the Premier League champions who would immediately improve the side.
Jesus appeals to Tottenham, and is the apparent chosen one if a swap deal ever came to fruition. Of course Tottenham would expect, along with the 24-year-old striker, a bundle of cash from the Citizens.
Transfermarkt currently has Jesus valued at about £50 million. So you’d expect Tottenham to demand an additional £100 to £150 million for their most prized asset. Jesus, whose contract expires in June 2023, scored nine goals in 29 top flight appearances this season and is an extremely highly regarded forward. Spurs could do worse in their search of a suitable replacement for Kane.
Whether City is amenable to such a switch is another thing entirely. Jesus possesses immeasurable potential, and Pep Guardiola probably won’t give his stamp approval. However, City might have to make that type of major concession to secure Kane’s services.
While Kane awaits the appointment of a new manager, it remains unlikely whomever is appointed as Tottenham gaffer will be able to convince the want-away striker to stay. Mauricio Pochettino is thought to have the most sway with Kane, but even their tight-knit bond might not be enough to persuade Kane’s mind.