It was only a matter of time before another potential landing spot for Harry Kane emerged from the woodwork, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested in the Tottenham talisman.
When I wrote about Kane almost assuredly staying in north London for the 2022-23 campaign, Bayern Munich had shown no public interest in poaching Tottenham’s all-time goalscoring leader.
Thomas Tuchel has since reportedly professed his desire to sign Kane, even potentially adding a second striker (Randal Kolo Muani) to form a formidable one-two punch.
The “exclusive” story is written by Christian Falk, the Bild’s head of football. In the article, Falk refers to Kane’s family being amenable to a move to the Bavarian city.
I have no idea how Falk knows Kane’s family is up for the move, a revelation no other publication has gotten wind of. It looks like Bayern has contacted Kane directly.
Regardless of the veracity, the prospective move to Bayern represents the only remaining viable option for Kane to move this summer.
Unless, of course, Manchester United returns with a monstrous bid Daniel Levy cannot refuse. Even then, Levy has always scuppered any move to a Premier League rival.
Falk’s story, while reputable, is incredibly vague, even cryptic. Consequential details are lacking, making one wonder how probable a potential transfer is.
Falk also previously stated that Bayern Munich was keen on signing Pierre Hojbjerg, another rumour that lacked essential information. That turned out to be more conjecture than truth.
Bayern Munich has been fairly quiet thus far in the summer transfer period, with three arrivals, two free transfers from Borussia Dortmund (Raphaël Guerreiro) and RB Leipzig (Konrad Laimer).
The other, Tarek Buchmann, graduated from the Under-19 program, signing for the senior team. Tuchel’s team hasn’t sold anyone either, losing Bright Arrey-Mbi to Hannover on a free transfer. Daley Blind was also released.
A move to Bayern Munich isn’t just the most viable move for Kane, but Tottenham too. It provides Levy the opportunity to sell his most prized asset to a continental team, one that doesn’t compete with Tottenham on any level.
It could also give Spurs a chance to receive a windfall of cash for Kane, an immeasurably better outcome than losing him for free, potentially to Manchester City or Manchester United, at the end of next season.
Make no mistake: Bayern Munich will have to pay the asking price to pry him away from Tottenham, which should be at least £100 million, probably more.
That shouldn’t be an issue for the German champions, who have the funds and resources to make it happen. However, a lot has to occur before that possibility eventuates.
I shudder to think of Kane leaving Tottenham this summer, but the prospect of him walking for free at the end of next season would be an even more poisonous pill to swallow.