A scathing story about Harry Kane was published in Germany’s Bild tabloid yesterday, reeking of a ploy to cool interest in Tottenham’s superstar.
We’re finally on the verge of this drawn-out saga reaching climax, for better or worse.
For Spurs supporters, it’s starting to lean toward the better, which would obviously see Kane stay put in north London.
The story condemned Kane, highlighting his perceived weaknesses, including his apparent inability to profit in congested penalty boxes and a deficiency in playing as part of a possession-oriented team.
The final point said the prospective move is a merely a marketing stunt for the German champions.
What a load of utter codswallop.
Whether Bayern’s top brass sanctioned the article, we’ll never know.
Still, I wouldn’t put it past them based on how abhorrently they’ve conducted themselves throughout this regrettable media-fuelled frenzy.
After sources have continuously harped on the narrative that Kane is destined for Bayern, particularly from the likes of Florian Plettenberg (AKA Plettigoal) and, to a lesser extent, the Bild’s head of football, Christian Falk, it’s curious to see an article condemning their would-be saviour.
At least it would be curious if the German champions weren’t finally giving up on the prospect of landing Kane.
Bayern has well and truly bottled the entire process, first by substantially undercutting Kane’s worth. Undervaluing him once would be tolerable, but doing it on three separate bids is equally disrespectful and counterproductive.
It would have also royally pissed Kane off, who knows his worth better than most. And you don’t need to be an expert to understand his value well exceeds £100 million.
So the latest storyline the Bild created is yet another ploy in a long line of sardine-smelling antics.
Its primary purpose is to plant a seed and turn Bavarian’s interest in Kane off, like a lamp switch before beddy-bye.
I won’t even dignify the article’s premise with a response, such is the ludicrous nature of the claims.
Has those at Bild who wrote the article seen Kane play for the nation he captains, a possession-based team that usually dominates the ball?
It’s an attempt for Bayern to save face, to say, Kane, in the end, wasn’t worth the over-£100 million it would have cost.
After Kane stays at Spurs (fingers crossed), Bayern’s top brass can justify not submitting an equitable and fair bid by pointing to his supposed and conjured deficiencies, which are as bogus as Bayern’s valuation of Spurs’ greatest-ever striker.