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Harry Kane is running out of patience and time and wants to leave Spurs by pushing for a move away from North London if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League. Kane has become frustrated with a lack of trophies at the club and, with the north London outfit facing consecutive seasons outside of Europe’s top competition, could ask for a transfer. In a live chat with Jamie Redknapp on Instagram, he said "I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of those things I’ve always said that if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction then I’m not someone to just stay there just for the sake of it. I am an ambitious player and want to improve, get better and become one of the top players which depends on how we progress as a team.”
The England captain, 27, has never hidden his ambition to win trophies, but his frustration at Tottenham has grown and grown as results have deteriorated in recent months. Although the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on April 25 offers an opportunity to win his first trophy with Spurs, he fears the biggest prizes are now more distant than when he signed his current contract in June 2018. For the first time in his career, Kane has begun to see his future elsewhere. There is hope there for Spurs fans and perhaps Kane is fully embracing the role of captain, telling the board what they need to hear, or perhaps he knows that the opportunity was missed to push on and that opportunity comes around once in a generation. Kane could still win his first trophy with Spurs in the upcoming League Cup final against Manchester City. But should they lose that final, their last chance of a trophy this season, he could be wondering what it'd be like to be on the other side and how he can make that a reality this summer
Kane is only halfway through a six-year contract, and so Spurs can afford to slap a considerable price tag on his head. Spurs regard Kane as not for sale at any price and it is not yet clear whether any club, even City, would consider offering such a sum to change that stance in this challenging economic climate. Daniel Levy holds the reputation of being a notoriously tough negotiator when it comes to rival clubs trying to prise away from their star players and wouldn’t sell for not less than £120 million, knowing there is the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe or Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who at 22 and 20 respectively represent significantly younger options, and when Inter Milan’s financial problems could mean Romelu Lukaku, who is the same age as Kane, is also on the market.
Despite the crippling financial effects of the pandemic, the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City still have considerable resources at their disposal and could move for Kane, especially with Sergio Aguero departing from the blue half of Manchester. City manager Pep Guardiola has long admired Kane, whom he has described in the past as “incredible”, and has identified him, along with Lukaku, as potential alternatives to Haaland. United, on the other hand, is interested in undergoing a player plus cash deal with Spurs to lower the fees.
Even though he prefers to stay in the Premier League, he could reunite with Spurs former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint Germain. He shares a good rapport with Pochettino who in fact brought him in the team to showcase his talent on a domestic and international level and even, the Parisian outfit considers him as one of the primary target alongside Mohammed Salah to replace Kylian Mbappe, who might leave the club for a move abroad. Kane is also on Real Madrid’s shortlist for a major summer signing if they didn’t manage to land Kylian Mbappe to Santiago Bernabeu.
Kane is so valuable to Spurs that even £120 million or £140 million would not replace what he gives to the team, and that Levy would need to demand a record fee equivalent to the £198 million PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017. But there is also a view that in a relatively depressed marketplace, £120 million might buy Spurs as much as £198 million would have bought them four years ago. Especially if Son signs a new contract, and Tottenham can use that Kane money to fix the defence.
That is what Kane wants — and for the first time in his career, he feels his best hope of achieving that ambition is by moving away from Spurs. Kane wants to continue playing till 40, and likely dropping deeper and deeper if he has to slow down. But the evidence of the last year is that he is well-equipped to manage that transition — perhaps better equipped than England predecessor Wayne Rooney, who could not quite make it stick.