Harry Kane has made no secret of his ambitions and if Tottenham Hotspur are unable to meet these then the striker is prepared to end his 17-year association with the club.
Kane’s desire to challenge for the game’s biggest domestic trophies could see the boyhood Spur force a move this summer.
During his time with Spurs, Kane has finished a runner-up in the Premier League, the Champions League and twice in the League Cup but has yet to win a trophy.
Individually, Kane has collected a host of awards including three Premier League Golden Boots, the Playmaker of the Season award and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot.
If the England captain forced his way out of the exit door at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium there would be a host of suitors waiting. However, there are only two realistic destinations for the striker.
Kane currently sits seventh on the Premier League all-time scoring charts and is the only player in the top ten still active in England.
If the 27-year-old can repeat this season’s 23-goal haul in the next campaign he would move into third place behind only Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer.
There are just 94 goals that separate Kane from Shearer in top place and this is a record the Spurs man desperately wants. His desire to overhaul Shearer’s total is clear and one reason why any move abroad can be discounted.
Asked by Gary Neville on The Overlap what could stop him beating the record, Kane said: “I guess injuries would be the biggest thing. Obviously I’ve had injuries, ankle injuries, and I haven’t had anything that’s kept me out for months and months touch wood.
“I guess for me I think injuries would be the biggest thing. Of course, there’s always the option of maybe moving abroad one day but I don’t think that really interests me in the near future.”
Kane could not be clearer that a move abroad is not on the cards for him and his young family at this stage in his career.
Liverpool would certainly love to have a striker of Kane’s calibre leading their line, but finances rule the Reds out of any serious move for the England skipper.
That leaves only three realistic options for clubs that can afford the financial commitment and match the ambitions that Kane desires.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a striker. The Blues have got themselves into a Champions League final and a top-four league finish this season but have an obvious weakness in the goalscoring department.
The top league goalscorer for Thomas Tuchel’s side was Jorginho with seven goals, what is all the more remarkable about that is all the Italian’s strikes were from the penalty spot.
However, Kane is a Tottenham fan and will want to leave Spurs in a respectful manner that will not tarnish his legacy in N17. A move to Chelsea will do just that and can therefore be ruled out as a realistic option.
This leaves two English clubs to battle it out for Kane’s services, the two Manchester clubs, City and United.
The currently Premier League champions City will surely be the favourites. A move to Pep Guardiola’s team is almost a guarantee of trophies and goals.
Since Kyle Walker left Spurs for the Etihad Stadium, the right-back has won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four League Cup trophies in four seasons.
Kane has already hinted at a desire to link up with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, when asked by Neville which player in the Premier League would help him score more goals: “De Bruyne for sure,” he said.
“When I watch De Bruyne play he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest.
“He’s outstanding, you’ve seen him out, he’s an outstanding player with the ball, off the ball, pressing, but his delivery is as good as I’ve ever seen to be honest.”
The other option for Kane would be a move to Manchester United, who would have no problem matching the striker’s wage demands but are not the trophy-winning machine that Guardiola’s team are.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished the season in second spot, 12 points behind their cross-city rivals, and under the Norweigan were runners-up in the Europa League final, losing 11-10 on penalties to Villareal.
In the 2019-20 season, Solksjaer was defeated in the semi-finals of the League Cup, Europa League and FA Cup. Add Kane to the mix and it could be the final piece in the jigsaw to turn Manchester United from nearly-men to challengers.
There is a third option still open to Kane and that is to stay at Tottenham. The striker is guaranteed to start every match he is fit for and would not only be destined to break Shearer’s Premier League record but also end his career as Tottenham and England’s all-time leading scorer.
World Cup winner Jimmy Greaves had a nine-year spell at Spurs between 1961 and 1970 and notched an incredible 266 goals in 379 appearances. Kane currently has 221 in 336 matches and would surely only need 18 months of injury-free football at Tottenham to reach the 51-year-old’s landmark.
Kane is just 19 goals behind Wayne Rooney’s England record of 53, having scored 34 in 53 international appearances.
Whatever Kane decides, records are sure to tumble, for Spurs supporters they can only hope that the striker sticks around long enough to take Greaves’ mantle.
Source by Football London