Daniel Levy has made a disproportionate number of inexcusable mistakes as Tottenham chairman, but selling Harry Kane three days before the season starts will go down as his worst, most unforgivable act.
There are more layers to this putrid onion than individual one-pound coins comprising the proceeds of Kane’s imminent sale.
And this particular onion triggers the waterworks unlike any other.
Levy has done it again, this time selling Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer less than 72 hours before the opening match at Brentford.
Supporters are outraged, and rightly so.
The widespread rage wouldn’t be nearly as pronounced had Levy sold Kane a month or two weeks ago. At least that would have provided enough time to find suitable reinforcements.
While inarguably woeful, the timing isn’t the only element of the deal that has enraged Tottenham’s faithful.
Kane is being sold to Bayern Munich for just over £100 million. To put that into context, Manchester City’s £70 million bid for Lucas Paquetá was rejected yesterday.
Oh, and Liverpool just had its £110 million bid for Moisés Caicedo accepted.
I’m sorry, and no disrespect to either player, but Kane has more goals than any other in Premier League history aside from Alan Shearer.
The most sickening part of this vomit-inducing, eye-gouging horror is seeing Levy repeatedly and proudly say, “Kane is not for sale,” yet sell him for a measly £100 million.
England’s captain, the three-time Golden Boot winner, Spurs’ leader on and off the pitch, and the team’s best playmaker has been offloaded for pennies on the pound.
Initially, Levy put a £120 million price tag on Kane’s head. While still slightly underwhelming, at least that amount is more palatable.
However, it’s only more palatable if it were the start of July. That would have given the club ample time to canvass the market for suitable replacements, reinvestment and ample time for Ange to get those new signings up to speed.
Considering we have 48 hours before Ange’s first Premier League match in charge, that initial £120 million valuation feels significantly less, more like £80 million and a bag of balls.
You can see where the rage I mentioned earlier is coming from.
What made matters exponentially worse was the hope Levy injected into Spurs’ populace. He turned down Bayern’s third bid, which was supposed to be their final offer, swatting it aside with defiance and bravado.
That hope supporters woke up with on Thursday morning made the worst-case-scenario news hours later exponentially more heartbreaking. An extra 10 percent was all Levy needed to fold like a drenched blade of grass.
It’s not like Levy hasn’t made previous egregious missteps. But those mistakes, some abhorrent in nature, pale in comparison to allowing Kane to walk 10 days into August.
The argument some will bring up is how unacceptable it would have been to lose Kane for free at the end of next season.
That argument, while it has some merit, is inherently flawed. Real Madrid earned €83.2 million for winning the 2021-22 Champions League. That amount doesn’t include TV revenue, ticket revenue, or revenue earned from increased apparel sales.
And the purse rises with each passing year.
Kane’s presence would have pole-vaulted Tottenham’s chances of immediately returning to Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Had Kane been sold a month ago, Spurs could have found reinforcements to return them to the Champions League. That would have been an acceptable contingency.
Unless Spurs have transfers lined up that nobody knows about, like Mourinho was in advance of Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking, both options are off the table. That puts Ange in a particularly sticky situation, like eating a cinnamon bun with your fingers.
In one fell swoop, Levy obliterated the feel-good factor that enveloped the club less than 24 hours ago.
And it’s not like positivity comes easily at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Just look at the previous regimes under Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho and the 15-year trophy drought. Not a lot of positivity to go around.
Positivity at Tottenham is more valuable than fresh water will be in 50 years. We had it less than 24 hours ago but should have known it would be more fleeting than Gen Z’s collective attention span.
Your outrage is warranted, even demanded.
But we are Tottenham.
So the only thing to do is soldier on and back Ange with everything we have, apologizing gratuitously on Levy’s behalf for the mess the new gaffer now has to try to clean up.