Manchester City are expected to launch an official £140 million bid to convince Tottenham to sell Harry Kane, an offer Daniel Levy should think long and hard about.
Levy has reiterated that Kane is not for sale. But a bid of that magnitude should be hard to turn a blind eye to. Levy will probably still refuse the forthcoming £140 million for his prized asset, but maybe he shouldn’t. If City ups the ante and raises the bid to £150 million, surely Tottenham, for the long term prosperity of the team, will have to seriously consider accepting.
And I’m not referring to the financial prosperity of Tottenham Hotspur. If Harry Kane is intent on leaving Tottenham, it’s incumbent upon Levy and the top brass to receive the highest possible fee for their talisman and make the deal happen.
It’s extremely unlikely that Tottenham, if they continually refuse astronomical offers from City this summer, will ever receive a better offer to sell Kane, whose heart is clearly set on suiting up for Pep Guardiola’s side.
While Kane has three years remaining on his contract, Tottenham are entering into an extremely risky situation if they keep the striker against his will. We all saw how the Christian Eriksen saga unfolded when Levy decided against selling the Dane when the iron to strike was hot. Levy could have garnered at least £70 million for Eriksen before his worth plummeted, due to Levy’s stubbornness and greed, on the open market. Not selling the Dane also negatively impacted on-field proceedings.
There’s no sense in keeping a player, regardless of how important to the club, who doesn’t want to stay. His performance level will be severely affected, which will eventually cause a long-term rot for the individual. That dwindling of motivation and inspiration will inevitably spread amongst the team, causing a ripple effect Tottenham would have a difficult time overcoming.
Kane’s future isn’t expected to be settled until after Euro 2020, but it’s high time Levy makes a sound, solid and strategic decision for the long-term prosperity of Spurs, no matter how painful in the short term it would be to sell Kane.
While it pains and aggrieve me to say this, Levy needs to get the largest fee possible and let want away Kane spread his wings. Otherwise Tottenham will find themselves devoid of a wad of cash that can make the team better in the long term and stuck with a star player who, at the prospect of staying against his will, will be as unsettled as he will resentful, a recipe for disaster both on and off the field.
Levy can ill-afford to play yet another high risk game, especially considering his long history of severely damaging, egregious oversights.