Transfer update: Man Utd 'have Varane fears'; Lukaku latest
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Harry Kane’s desire to leave has been one of the few constants in a summer transfer window which began in chaotic fashion for Spurs. Tottenham have found some solidity with Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici in place but Kane’s looming departure remains a nagging issue for the club’s hierarchy.
Tottenham have finally hit the ground running in the transfer market, confirming the signings of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and winger Bryan Gil in the past week.
Gollini has arrived from Atalanta in a loan deal with an option to buy while Gil has joined from Sevilla, with Erik Lamela travelling in the opposite direction.
The deals represent a promising start to business for Spurs, but they still face a fight to keep hold of their talisman, who has made it clear he is not giving up on forcing an exit.
It has been widely reported that Manchester City is Kane’s desired move – and City are equally keen on him, having already had a £100million bid turned down – but why does the England striker want the transfer?
Express Sport examines the reasons behind what could be the headline move of the summer transfer window.
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To play under Pep
Kane is an ambitious person and the chance to work with modern football’s premier coach is surely a strong pull.
The 27-year-old enjoyed a close relationship with Mauricio Pochettino, but has no ties to new Spurs manager Nuno and he may feel now is the perfect time to cut ties.
Guardiola has developed his reputation through successful spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City and he is one of a handful of coaches most players must covet working with.
City are currently desperate for a striker following Sergio Aguero’s departure at the end of his contract and Kane knows he would immediately be installed as Guardiola’s main man, if the deal went through.
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To win trophies
There is a reason Man City are willing to pay in excess of £100m for Kane’s signature: they believe he can propel them to more trophies.
City won the Premier League and Carabao Cup last season – and yet that campaign was still tinged with disappointment following their Champions League final defeat by Chelsea in Porto.
These are the levels Kane aspires to. Those two trophies were more than he has won in his entire career, despite being the Premier League’s outstanding goalscorer for several years.
City have won three of the last four Premier League titles, the last four Carabao Cups (and six of the last eight overall), as well as the FA Cup in 2019 as part of a domestic treble.
Put simply, a move to the Etihad is a near guarantee of silverware, something which Kane craves.
To play Champions League football
Talking of trophies, City desperately want to win the Champions League – a desire which is matched by Kane.
The Spurs striker has come close, reaching the final in 2019, but defeat by Liverpool only heightened his motivation to return to European football’s showpiece event.
If he stays at Tottenham, which remains likely given the three years remaining on his contract and Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell, he will be playing in Europe’s third tier competition.
The Europa Conference League is a new venture to broaden Uefa’s scope to lesser teams. Tottenham’s involvement will probably be seen as more of a distraction and indication of last season’s mediocrity rather than a chance of silverware.
It is easy to see why Kane would rather play in the Champions League in 2021/22.
To improve individually
Kane recorded an outstanding tally of 23 goals and 14 assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season to win the Golden Boot.
That was the third time he has claimed the top flight’s scoring award, just one short of Thierry Henry’s record.
If Kane stays at Spurs he will undoubtedly continue to score goals; he has shown his class even when his team is struggling.
But to push himself further a move away from north London is needed. If he moves to City he will be playing alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Ferran Torres, not just Son Heung-min.
The fact he managed 37 goal contributions last season is remarkable. Just think of the heights he could hit playing in a better side.
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