The Harry Kane saga has taken a dramatic turn, with Tottenham accepting Bayern’s fourth bid this afternoon, worth over £86 million (over €100 million).
It’s solemn news for most supporters, who were under the impression that Daniel Levy would reject Bayern’s latest bid to try and pry Kane away from N17.
It looks like Levy couldn’t turn a blind eye to a bid that, all in, reportedly easily exceeds €100 million. Frankly, it’s a bid that still undercuts Kane’s worth. That’s my opinion on the matter, and I’ll leave it at that.
Now the ball is at Kane’s feet. The striker previously agreed to the move, but that was before he met Ange and witnessed first-hand what the Australian is trying to accomplish at Tottenham.
Also, Bayern hasn’t conducted itself in the most professional way during the negotiation process. That said, Bayern is offering Kane £25 million per year, equalling £480,000 a week, more than double his current salary.
Levy recently offered Kane a contract extension, rivalling the weekly salary Bayern has offered. The contract extension, however, was turned down by Kane, who wants to explore other options before putting pen to paper on a new deal at Hotspur Way.
Now Kane has to make the most significant decision of his professional career. Although it would be surprising to see Kane reject Bayern after all that has happened.
Bayern’s top executives have spent most of the summer transfer window courting, cajoling, and convincing Kane that Bavaria is the best place for the 30-year-old to start a new chapter.
Thomas Tuchel is a massive Kane proponent. The former Chelsea boss has been instrumental in getting the deal across the finish line, even flying to London to meet Kane and his family. At that point, Kane was on board with the transfer.
That was about a month ago. While a lot has changed since, it’s hard to conceive of Kane rejecting the offer and staying put, particularly considering his recent desire to leave.
Tottenham supporters will be devastated and angry with Levy’s decision to acquiesce to Bayern’s latest bid, especially just three days before Spurs’ opening Premier League match against Brentford on Sunday.
It will, if Kane confirms the transfer, leave a gaping hole up front, even with Richarlison stepping up.
Ange would have invariably prepared for this moment, which doesn’t make it any easier. Tottenham has been working on contingency plans, with Gent’s Gift Orban the primary focus.
The clock is ticking, however. Tottenham has three weeks before the summer transfer window closes. Sufficed it to say, if Kane leaves — the most likely scenario — Tottenham has its work cut out to find at least one suitable top-tier forward.
While incredibly talented, Orban doesn’t fit that mold. The 21-year-old isn’t the finished article and would need time to adapt to the Premier League. Spurs need a proven striker at an elite level to step in and immediately perform.
Before we jump to any conclusions, we’ll have to wait for Kane’s verdict. But it certainly doesn’t look good.