Harry Kane is the talk of the town after becoming Tottenham’s all time leading goal-scorer, and also joining Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney as the only players to hit 200 Premier League goals.
Kane is now surely increasingly confident of eventually overtaking Shearer, who is in first place with 260 goals in the top flight, but the question remains – will he be doing this in a Spurs shirt, or will he also look at filling that empty trophy cabinet as well as chasing individual records before his career is done?
As recently discussed by Ben Jacobs in his exclusive CaughtOffside column, it’s not easy to work out where Kane could move to next, with Manchester United and Chelsea possibly in the mix, but Manchester City now surely out of the equation after signing both Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
The problem for United and Chelsea is that Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is surely going to do everything in his power to prevent the England international joining a Premier League rival, just as he did when Man City were chasing him.
As Jacobs explained, Man City “were basically talking to a brick wall” as there was no intention from Spurs to even negotiate, with even Kane surprised that his asking price was as high as £200million, with no sign of any budging from his club.
Harry Kane in action for Tottenham
One possible advantage for Man Utd and Chelsea now is that Kane is a little closer to the end of his THFC contract, which expires in 2024, but even then it’s hard to imagine this will be at all easy to get done unless the player really pushes for a move.
This perhaps seems unlikely, however, as Jacobs notes that Kane never threw his toys out of the pram when City came calling, and he’s now probably even less likely to try to leave as he’s settled where he is, and happy with the project of Antonio Conte.
And unlike City, United and Chelsea do not offer that same stability or guaranteed success. These two teams undoubtedly need Kane more than he needs them, and the 29-year-old might not be so unwise in thinking that if he sticks it out with Tottenham, he might be in a stronger position to win trophies with his current side than with either of those…