Following a season that, if we’re honest, no one expected, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is currently one of English football’s hottest properties. And given that we’re heading into transfer silly season, where rumours abound, it is of no surprise that the media are currently going ga-ga over the prospect of the young forward moving away from White Hart Lane.
The club supposedly interested in the 21-year-old is, of course, Manchester United – the club that seems to take most of Spurs’ top talents.
So, a couple of questions then: is the interest genuine, and if it is, would this be right move for any of the parties involved in the deal?
Reports suggest that Louis van Gaal certainly possesses something of an interest for Kane, but insider sources seem to agree that the Dutchman will only be looking to move for the striker if he fails to land his number one striking prospect – Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.
The suggestion is that, should goalkeeper David de Gea move the Bernabeu this summer, United will demand that Benzema is involved in the deal; and if this comes to pass, it seems unlikely that the interest in Kane will materialise into anything concrete.
If, however, Madrid refuse to include the French striker, or Benzema is not interested in a move, there is a strong suggestion that van Gaal will enquire as to Kane’s availability.
Should this sequence of events come to pass, I would admit to having a real sense of uncertainty regarding Kane’s suitability for United at this point in time. You see, Kane has had one good season. A very good season, admittedly, but still, just one good season.
Should United wish to pick Kane up this summer, they will be gambling. There have been plenty of players to have one annus mirabilisand then fade into obscurity, and United can hardly afford a costly mistake on Kane (and given that Daniel Levy will be around the negotiating table, you can guarantee that the Englishman will not come cheap).
The trouble for the Red Devils is that if they choose to wait a season, and Kane has another great campaign, the price for the forward will skyrocket. A consistent, goal-scoring English striker is the equivalent of gold dust in today’s footballing climate, and one can be sure that he would command a whole lot more in a year’s time if he was to prove himself to be just that.
Tottenham, too, have something of a dilemma this summer, and for a similar reason. Spurs will almost certainly receive some fairly enticing offers to sell Kane, and whilst their gut reaction will be to reject those offers, chairman Daniel Levy will no doubt be aware that there is a very real danger that Kane’s stocks will never be higher than they are now.
Perhaps the least pressure is on the player himself. Wanted by his existing club and potentially a whole load of others, the world is Kane’s oyster. Should he have a less impressive season at Spurs next season, his secure five-year contract will ensure that he gets many more opportunities to impress, whilst signing for a new club would no doubt give him the financial security and first-team assurances that any footballer would dream of.