Harry Kane: The factors that will decide Tottenham transfer saga

By Miguel Delaney, The Independant.

To get a sense of the kind of stance Harry Kane is facing, it is worth knowing Daniel Levy’s approach to one of the first major deals he was responsible for. It was, of course, a sale.

Michael Carrick was in a similar position to Kane in the summer of 2006 and felt that he needed to leave Tottenham Hotspur to fulfil his talent. In the end, the midfielder became so frustrated with Levy’s obstructive responses to Manchester United that he decided to call the Spurs chairman himself. The repeated message back was simple. “Well, they need to pay the money,” Levy said.

“It was all about the money for Daniel, just driving the price up and up,” Carrick wrote in his autobiography. “Arguing with Daniel was pointless. I would have got more joy talking to a brick wall.”

Carrick appealed again, and got the same response again. “Well, they need to pay the money.”

With Kane, it is now believed around the club that money “starts with a two”. Numerous sources say Levy would want at least £200m to even consider selling. That’s how important Kane is to the club. That’s the value of his goals, right down to how much they improve chances of regular Champions League qualification. It is way beyond even Gareth Bale in 2013. It is almost simple maths. But it isn’t that simple a situation.null

Levy’s stance isn’t as sure-footed as it was in any of his previous big sales. Tottenham are still paying off a £1.2bn stadium, having also taken out a government loan. Some financial figures around the game feel the club are in a much more stretched economic position than is perceived, “the worst of the big six”.

They still don’t have a manager. The squad is in need of a refresh. That was true when Mauricio Pochettino left, and one reason for his final-season downturn. The tough reality to consider is that a significant sale could instantly solve a few problems – even if it comes with other costs of its own.

A squad without Kane may even affect that manager search. Some figures at the club are now seriously suggesting it could be worth returning to Pochettino. There is a feeling that he has found the nature of Paris Saint-Germain more of a headache to manage than expected, and may be open to it. Levy also feels the need for an exciting appointment, as a gesture to unhappy supporters as much as anything.

It says something, however, that not even Pochettino’s appointment would change Kane’s thinking. He now desperately wants to go. One of the juncture points in this entire saga, however, is how desperately any potential buyer wants him.

All would love him in the team, of course. That goes without saying. Chelsea are said to be the most willing buyers, but are aware of the political problems with any deal. Manchester City are preparing a proposal. United are monitoring the situation.

A problem, unlike pretty much all previous big Spurs sales, is that it’s not like the buyers are behaving like David Gill with Carrick in 2006 and telling Kane “we’re not going to run away”. They’re perfectly prepared to walk away.

The current United don’t have the same need for a striker since Edison Cavani re-signed, and will prioritise other positions. Chelsea and City are both prioritising Erling Haaland. Kane is not first choice for either, because of his age, against that six-year contract.null

The uncomfortable truth for the striker is that it just doesn’t make that much sense in the modern market to pay that much for a player about to turn 28. They’d love him in their team, but not at that price, at that age. The market has significantly changed. There’s still too much of a huge gap between what any buyer would pay and what Levy would want.

It is why it remains remarkable that Kane signed that six-year deal. Many football representatives believe it is even more remarkable – and actually “staggering” – that he has not appointed one of the “super agents” to get this over the line. Using a figure with real leverage, who Spurs could greatly benefit from being owed favours from, could make an immense difference to the deal. It would certainly go further than fanciful notions about gentlemen’s agreements.

Spurs also know that Kane isn’t a “natural rebel”. He would be highly unlikely to invoke the Webster ruling, which could make things very messy. “If Spurs say no,” one source wonders, “what is he going to do? They know he’ll do nothing, other than stay and score 25 goals again next season.”

 

As appealing – and almost inevitable – as that sounds for Spurs, it is somewhat undercut by the same logic that may ultimately see buyers walk away.

Even before you get to the specific financial situation at White Hart Lane, there is at least a fair argument that selling Kane is the intelligent move – one that even makes more business sense for Levy. There is an inherent risk to a club anchoring so much of their medium-term future to a player in their late 20s.

They could drop off form. They could get injured. They might very quickly lose value. Some coaches have privately noted how Kane’s scoring has dropped off after the hour-mark of games this season, although that may have as much to do with the questions over Spurs’ conditioning under Jose Mourinho. That situation alone shows how quickly things can change.

This may be a rare chance to bring the funding that allows an overhaul, that can see Spurs become the fluid and smart club that it had looked for so long at the start of Pochettino’s time.

In the modern market, the most logical move of all may be to sell Kane for over £100m, and bring in a series of players under the age of 24 – that also allow a more fluid game. A fair counter-argument to that is what happened in 2013, and questions over the club’s recruitment.

Then again, they have brought in some good young players, and had earmarked Ruben Dias before he went to City. Some around the game feel the only realistic possibility for a sale is a buyer offering £100m and a “significant” player in return.

There are fair questions about what City or Chelsea player, say, would want to go to Spurs right now. That alone is why Levy’s stance isn’t as strong as usual. There are, for once, bigger factors in this whole saga than just paying the money.

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Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago

True facts.
1. In the 1400s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb.’

2. Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…
Ladies Forbidden’… and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

3. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades – King David,
Hearts – Charlemagne,
Clubs -Alexander the Great,
Diamonds – Julius Caesar

4. In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase……… ‘goodnight, sleep tight.’

5. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

6. Since 1962, Spurs fans have said they are going to win the league at the start of every football season, hence the phrase ‘deluded twat’.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Chauveljn
3 months ago

January 31st 2017 was the day Spurs edged ahead of Arsenal on goal difference and they’ve never overtaken us since. It’d been nip and tuck up till then, but that was the moment.

It was matchday 23, we had a goalless draw away at Sunderland but the Gooners lost at home 2-1 to Watford.

1,579 days, for the record.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I lied

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I didn’t recall either but just whiled away 20 minutes looking back.

Antspurj
Antspurj
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Thank you Ronnie and chauvey, I shall keep this in the back pocket for a sonny day.

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  Antspurj

I was wrong. Arsenal snuck ahead of us when Poch was about to get sacked.

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

So did I….

In Poch’s final days Arsenal got ahead of us in the 2019/20 season, dammit!

Ive got to recalculate…

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

November 30 2019 we climbed above Arsenal after the low point.

Just 546 days above the neighbours.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Its the only thing we have left!!

DAVID
DAVID
3 months ago

Going to be a test of stamina at Wembley today, very warm now.

Antspurj
Antspurj
3 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Should be a great game of footy today .

Chauveljn
3 months ago

Poch wants a 20 year contract this time…

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think Levy is having a crisis in his own head
Its all insane

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I sympathise with Daniel to the extent that his original search for a new manager may have been blown wide open from the original candidates in the last few days with Conte leaving Inter and Pochettino being a possible. I think Nagelsmann was considered the natural target (prior to sacking José) just unfortunate that Flick left Bayern.

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Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

So long as we don’t end up with Southgate. The stuff of nightmares.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think really he should be doing a better job than he is.
He is good with money but lacks the vision for footie so its all reactionary
He needs to put trust in a quality DOF and make sure that the managercand DOF are online with key points style if play and the right players to make it work
This fly by your seat stuff shows you what an amateur he is in the football side of it

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Ramos was the choice of Comolli if I recall, and persuaded Levy to replace Jol.

Comolli later got the bullet for his part, along with Ramos.

You can see how it isn’t as straightforward to say a DoF is the definite solution.

Chauveljn
3 months ago

Sam Rockwell is brilliant in it, as are so many others. His emotional journey makes it for me.

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Peter Dinklage, also such an understated performance. His character’s calmness in the midst of near hysteria around him, very clever.

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ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago

Frances McDormund was beyond brilliant in it

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago

Andy you will enjoy Mare if Easttown
Its an HBO series
Got a similar vibe and Kate Winslet is absolutely brilliant too

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago

Watch it when you can,her performance is tremendous

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago

Its been approx 1840 days since Arse finished above us in the league
Buy the tee shirt

Paleo
Paleo
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Is the boy hotspur selling them?

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Maybe I gave the fucker an idea

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago

If Poch comes back…

It’s strange how the fans are split, Some think too soon to come back…others relishing a return to near glory days.

I think I’m in the latter group – but I do realise that Levy is going to have to make some uncharacteristic promises to get Poch back.

  1. Keep Kane for at least another year
  2. Spend big – regardless of sales.
  3. Give Poch the lead on recruitment.
  4. Employ Poch’s choice of D.O.F.

Lewis made more than £900m last year.

He has to have a say in all of this.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Agree 100% its about time

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Also it would mean the T shirt seller having a temper tantrum on his address to the nation video

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Lol!

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago

I’ve always liked Swansea ever since Cliff Jones came from there.
My son in law is Welsh and I remember we went to a rugby game in Cardiff to see England and Wales and after the game there was all the fans from both countries in the pubs on the main street and they are all great with each other,it was a great atmosphere..
Also when we came over Swansea was the game.

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Not any more, Ron.

Cardiff and Swansea hate each other.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

I was talking about England Wales!!
I know the North of Wales and South Wales are a bit iffy with each other

Chauveljn
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Cardiff and Swansea are both in South Wales. Not that far apart as the dragon flies, so it’s a derby rivalry.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think we all.know that Chauve

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ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago

Both Levy and Poch would be comfortable with this reunion.
For Levy its the saint that he knows for Poch the dreamer its a home of sorts.
But with their getting their comfort zones what will the fans get?
The fans need more. Can they deliver?
Poch never pushed it. He whined at times what he didn’t get with odd references at press conferences and Levy has never been strong to the fans with any promise O don’t think.
WellvI hope they think of us

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

If Poch comes back I may well renew my ST.

At least there will be willing takers if I put each match on ticket exchange…

I may feel comfortable going by train tube and pub by early 2022!

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Yes we keep it safe too!
Hopefully there will be no more waves

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago

I’m expecting a new bloeug from you Bees fans…

!5:00 K.O. and I’m expecting a happy Nutster…

Get it on!

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

15:00

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago

Original Tinker, Tailor on BBC 4 TV tonight @ 22:30.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
3 months ago

Spursnut, son of a Prince!
So we have royalty on this blog!
I always thought you were a son of a gun, turns out your a son of a prince 🤴

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 months ago

If you rerrange “61spursnut” from the original klingon you get “heir of kahless”.

Bruxie
Bruxie
3 months ago

Nice backstory, Nutster!

MiT
MiT
3 months ago

I think Levy will be forced to bring in a DoF. I cannot imagine anyone of any quality wanting to manage for him with his reputation for firing managers after not fully supporting them. He has repeated that same cycle for 2 decades. The only way forward is to give them a different structure in which to operate..

Levy is not a dummy. He cannot help but to feel that the perception of him in football circles is growing more and more into an irreversibly toxic picture. He is in genuine trouble this time around.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
3 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I agree with the bit about what he needs but I am not sure about the bit about him recognizing it.
All I can say is I hope he can see it.
We need a change if thinking.
The company is one of the strongest in the football world,it doesn’t reflect on the field.
I agree it can with a fundamental change at the top by Levy understanding his own strengths and weaknesses

Antspurj
Antspurj
3 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Poch, Harry and a couple of signings will be hunky dory.

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