City want their man Kane and will fight to the bitter end for him (sell him!).
By Don Scully
Yes, the Sky Blues are fully expecting to peruse Harry Kane right down to the wire, according to several papers (the mirror being one of them). On the other side, Kane wants to move to City as they have a better chance of winning trophies than any other Premier League club, even more so than Chelsea and United. As for Spurs, after 20 years of Levy’s reign and one trophy (but not for him while wearing a shirt with the Cockerel on it), he can’t see any big trophy coming to Spurs, let alone one of the minor ones, any day soon. At least while Daniel has the whip-hand.
The papers report claims that Kane’s wish to move to the Ethihad stadium could prove the critical determination in their bid to land the unsettled player before the final Transfer Window deadline arrives.
However, they won’t pay the ridiculous fee that Levy is asking for (£160m) but will offer a more realistic remuneration of £100m, with one or two deadbeats thrown in. With Kane nearly 28 years old (this Wednesday), City know that his valuation will start to deteriorate, and throwing in a few injuries he has had, they believe that they will get their man through determination.
From Levy’s point of view, it is better to cash in now and start to build for the future than hold on to a possible – eventually – dead donkey.
Joe Lewis is reported to have been left annoyed with Kane over the way the forward has tried to secure a move to City (according to the Daily Mail). Lewis purchased the club to make money, not lose money, and with his pressure on Levy, he could force the issue. He also doesn’t want to be left with the possibility of a dead donkey on his hands.
Of course, there is no way Kane – at present – is anywhere near a dead donkey but has been a great servant to the club, but I am concerned with age and injuries he could turn into one. He wouldn’t be the first, nor the last, to turn from greatness to a deadbeat. He is 28 years old on Wednesday, just think about that. Granted, I could be wrong (and let us hope I am wrong unless he goes to City), but I am just thinking of the future of our club.
Last week The Athletic claimed that Daniel Levy is more determined than ever to keep hold of Kane and has said to have informed Kane that he expects him to remain at the club for this season, at least. But read other papers, and you get a different perspective from Levy (allegedly).
In my judgment
Whatever the truth of the matter is, Levy holds all the cards, and Kane won’t be going anywhere unless he says so, and at his price.
Manchester City would prefer Kane and need a striker urgently after losing Sergio Aguero at the end of last season.
My personal view is to sell him and build for the future. He is getting on in footballing age terms, then throw in his injuries; I think it would be a risk to keep him. Besides, he seems to be jinxed, which is another good reason to throw him at City. Every final he has played in, for us and England, he has walked away with nothing. Not that I am superstitious, mind you.
At times it seems you are watching the Harry Kane show. To me, it is about teamwork, not the Kane show (we had the same problem when Gazza played for us). We’ve now got a new manager, with new ideas. The money that Kane could bring in would revitalise our whole squad and make a serious challenge for all the trophies. That is if cheapskate Levy puts all the money he gains from Kane’s sale back into the squad. And he did say that he would need to rely on players sales to rebuild… what a great opportunity he has now got. Sell him!
By Don Scully
I have been following Spurs since the sixties and work in London. My current job is as a professional writer (working in the media), and I have work connections to the club and had previously worked for them. Including working at the old White Hart Lane stadium.
I also have my own blog and have written for the SpursWeb app & its website.