Harry Kane could leave Tottenham on a free transfer

Harry Kane could leave Tottenham on a free transfer

Harry Kane could leave Tottenham on a free transfer

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane greets fans after beating Jimmy Greaves' record to become Tottenham's all-time leading goalscorer after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Getty Images/Tottenham Hotspur FC
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane greets fans after beating Jimmy Greaves’ record to become Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Getty Images/Tottenham Hotspur FC

Harry Kane is open to seeing his Tottenham deal as one of his options with interest in the England captaincy set to intensify this summer.

Kane has one season left on his current Spurs contract and his final year will put pressure on chairman Daniel Levy to decide whether to accept offers this summer. The 29-year-old will be able to talk to clubs about a pre-contract in January if he wants to move on a free transfer in summer 2024.

With a month left in the current season, clubs usually want the future of their key players on expiring contracts sorted out, but there has been no agreement on an extension.

As Telegraph Sport reported this week, there are growing doubts at Spurs about Kane signing a new deal. Kane is believed to be weighing all options including shortening his last 12 months at the club where he played for 10 years and scored 274 goals.

Manchester United fans chanted Kane’s name during Thursday’s 2-2 draw against Spurs, chanting “see you in June” during the first half. United have an interest in Kane as they look to bring in a striker this summer, although they are aware it would not be easy to seal a deal with Levy. They have begun due diligence on what it would take to sign Kane this summer, acting ahead to give them time to go elsewhere if negotiations drag out until the Aug. 31 transfer deadline.

Manchester United's Christian Eriksen along with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Getty Images/Richard Heathcote
Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen along with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Getty Images/Richard Heathcote

Kane revealed he had an “honest conversation” with Levy about reviving the club’s season, also confirming he heard United fans chanting his name on Thursday night.

“I think it was important [for Levy] to figure out where the players’ heads were at the time” Kane said. “It was an honest conversation about where everyone is and what we need to try to do to give ourselves the best possible chance to finish the season on something.

“We’re still fighting for fourth place, but if it’s not fourth, we’ll try to finish fifth or sixth, as high up as possible.

“In this championship, it’s so competitive, you can easily finish eighth or ninth if you’re not careful. That’s what it was: give us the best chances and I’m glad we fought back like that.

“I heard what they were saying [the United fans] but I’m just focused on this team and I’m trying to finish well”

A notoriously tough negotiator, Levy is expected to maximize the fee for the player who resisted selling him to Manchester City two years ago when Kane made it clear he wanted to leave during an interview with Gary Neville. At that point, Kane still had three years left on his contract and there was no threat of losing him for anything.

United want to go into next season with a new striker – ideally before the start of their pre-season tour to the US – and would like to avoid a protracted transfer saga, with Kane one of a group of strikers they will be considering. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have been monitoring Kane’s situation, but are aware that he has the Premier League goalscoring record within reach.

As Kane turns 30 in the summer, he would still be one of football’s highest-profile Bosman free transfers were his contract to be seen. Paul Pogba, once the most expensive player in the Premier League, made a free transfer to Juventus last summer and other famous moves include Steve McManaman leaving Liverpool for Real Madrid after agreeing a pre-contract.

The risk to the players is injury late in their contract, but with no fee paid from club to club, the transferring player can maximize his earnings through a lucrative signing fee. Kane’s last contract was in 2018 and he has since won the Golden Boot at the World Cup but he did not extend his contract during that time.

Kane and his Spurs teammates are waiting for Levy to name the club’s next permanent manager, which would affect the future of the players. There is a further twist from Mauricio Pochettino heading to Chelsea, which would spark speculation about the Tottenham manager working with Kane again, but the two rivals rarely do business with each other.

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