Roy Keane created headlines at the weekend with his claims that Harry Kane needs to leave Spurs to win trophies.
After England’s 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday, the ITV pundits got round to the topic of Kane’s future, with Keane suggesting that the Tottenham striker could be contemplating his future.
“If you are a top player you want to win the big trophies. There’s a big few months coming up for Tottenham – the League Cup final and can they get into the top four? That’s a huge question mark, will it influence him?” said Keane.
“He’s under contract and Tottenham will have a lot to say about it. But if you are in his shoes this summer, l think he has to move to win the big prizes. He’s not going to do it at Tottenham.”
Kane still has over three years on his contract, which expires at the end of June 2024. With no pressure on the club to sell the England captain, the club would want a huge fee to even entertain the notion.
There are probably only four clubs in the world right now who could afford such a fee and might be able to tempt Kane – Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United. Chelsea might also be able to make the numbers work, but it’s hard to see Kane joining one of Tottenham’s London rivals.
Kane will be 28-years old this summer and with a history of injuries. As good as he is, even the richest clubs in the world would surely question the wisdom of paying north of £150m for Kane, at a time when there are younger alternatives available such as Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.
The bookies certainly don’t see Kane going anywhere just yet. In the market for what club Kane will be after this summer, online sportsbooks at bookmaker-ratings.com have Spurs as the 1.07 favourites, with Manchester City at 7.00, Manchester United at 12.00, Real Madrid at 15.00 and PSG at 17.00.
If Kane were to move, a Premier League club might appeal to him more, as he chases Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League top goalscorer record. Manchester City could guarantee him not just a shot at that record, but trophies too, so if they were to come up with the fee, Kane could be tempted.
It’s harder to see what Keane’s former club Manchester United could offer Kane that Tottenham can’t, other than bigger wages. Manchester United have not won a trophy since 2017, when the current Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford.