The Harry Kane transfer saga is finally over after the Tottenham striker provided a clear update on his future on Wednesday afternoon.
Tipped to be playing his football for Man City in 2021/22 following intense speculation about a move away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the 28-year-old confirmed that he will remain a Spurs player.
“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” explained the striker in a message on social media.
“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success. #COYS.”
A huge boost for Tottenham amid previous uncertainty about the striker ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, Nuno Espirito Santo and the club can now rest safe in the knowledge knowing that the England captain will once again be playing his football in N17 rather than in Manchester.
So who are the big winners and losers from Kane’s decision to remain a Tottenham player? football.london takes a look.
Daniel Levy and Tottenham
The undoubted winner of this whole transfer saga is Spurs chairman Levy.
Tottenham had always maintained this summer that they had no intention of selling their main man and now they can plan for life with the striker at the club after remaining firm.
City would have had to submit a whopping bid for Levy to even consider it, with the only offer Spurs are understood to have received was one of just £75m plus £25m in add-ons.
An incredibly tough year for the chairman due to all the fallout surrounding the European Super League and another frustrating season for the team, allowing Kane to move on would have seen his relationship with some supporters plummet even further.
However, Levy deserves plenty of credit for how he’s handled the whole situation as Kane, most importantly, is still a Tottenham player.
Another undoubted winner in all this is Paratici.
Arriving at the club this summer from Juventus, the Italian has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes as Tottenham look to get back on track.
Already making key changes at the club with incomings and outgoings happening in recent weeks, Paratici now doesn’t have to plan for life without Kane.
Irreplaceable to many due to the amount of goals and assists he adds to the team, it would be hard enough trying to replace him anyway within a decent time frame, let alone trying to work against the clock and bring in a replacement with only days to go until the transfer deadline.
football.london understands that both the striker and his representatives held positive talks with Paratici and also Espirito Santo in the weeks since his return, thus showing that the managing director of football played his part in Kane opting to stay at the club.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Tottenham’s head coach will be incredibly pleased now that all the speculation regarding Kane’s future is over and done with.
Asked constantly for updates in both his pre and post-match press conferences, Espirito Santo can get on with his job now knowing that Kane will be wearing the white of Tottenham in 2021/22.
Already making his mark at the club with two successive wins in the Premier League, Spurs are only going to get better with Kane in the team.
If he can repeat last season’s form this term then it could be a very good first season at the club for the former Wolves boss with the striker leading the way upfront.
One of the only positives from last season for Tottenham was Kane and Son’s partnership upfront.
The duo were lethal alongside each other and went on to register a combined 55 goals and 34 assists in all competitions for the Lilywhites.
Thankfully the pair can continue to play in the same team and that is only good news for Tottenham as the goals will hopefully continue to flow.
Espirito Santo now just needs to decide if he persists with the 4-3-3 formation he has used so far or he opts to go with two upfront and allow Kane and Son to run riot again.
Liverpool and Chelsea
Liverpool and Chelsea are also big winners from the Kane transfer saga.
City romped to the title last campaign with the Reds faltering and almost missing out on the top four before a late return to form, but this season many expect it to be a three-horse race with Chelsea coming into the running.
Thomas Tuchel’s men do look like they will be very much there or thereabouts come May following the signing of Romelu Lukaku, while Liverpool have been boosted by the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after long-term injuries.
The biggest worry for both clubs this summer was that City would add Kane to their ranks and subsequently blow them away in the title race.
That hasn’t happened and now the reigning champions may need to get a transfer plan in place in the final few days of the market to ensure they get their hands on the top prize for the fourth time in five years come May.
Kane’s call to stay at Spurs could well work in Liverpool and Chelsea’s favour.
Man City now need to find a striker in the final few days of the transfer window after missing out on Kane.
Only having Gabriel Jesus as an experienced out-and-out striker at the club following Sergio Aguero’s departure, City’s title defence could potentially rest on what they do before the window closes.
Boasting a wealth of attacking options at the club already with a number of wide players to choose from, City could potentially get away without signing a striker as they have been known to play with a false nine in the past but it’s not something they will particularly want to chance.
It just never felt over the course of the summer that City wanted Kane enough, though.
If they desperately wanted him to join then the champions would have put the £100m they spent on Jack Grealish towards a deal for the Tottenham man and made Levy an offer he simply couldn’t turn down.
That just never happened and now City have a key decision to make ahead of Tuesday’s 11pm deadline.
Guardiola angered a lot of Tottenham fans before the start of the season when discussing a potential move for Kane.
Usually managers bat away questions about potential targets as it’s disrespectful to other clubs, yet the Spaniard spoke of City’s interest in the striker and claimed that they will try for him if Spurs want to negotiate a potential deal.
Levy and Spurs have come out on top in the end, however, despite many believing that City would get their way in the race to sign Kane.
Source by Football London