Harry Kane has made his intentions to leave Spurs quite clear, though with only a few potential suitors in this race, those intentions are far from guaranteed to be fulfilled.
Chelsea are among those who could afford the 27-year-old’s transfer fee and wages, but remain firmly at the bottom of the pile in terms of likelihood thanks to the bitter rivalry between the two teams, not to mention the previous transfer history as well (Modric, Willian, etc.). Manchester City and Manchester United remain the two favorites, in that order, while non-Premier League options like PSG, Barcelona, or Real Madrid remain non-starters.
Still, it doesn’t hurt for us to try, and according to ESPN, Chelsea are going to do so by offering various players in part-exchange (ed.note: even if such deals are far more common in video games than real life), including Tammy Abraham, who looks certain to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Kepa Arrizabalaga, who might want to stop being a backup. Spurs would obviously prefer not to strengthen a rival, especially Chelsea, but they also will need to rebuild the squad and Tammy and/or Kepa could be enticing options for that purpose.
Chelsea fear Spurs won't do business with them over Kane but would be willing to make a player-plus-cash offer to tempt them. Abraham and Kepa among the possible options. Story:https://t.co/fsY3UKgATY— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 21, 2021
Abraham would be a like-for-like replacement for his fellow England international, while Kepa could be billed as a long-term replacement for Hugo LLoris, who will turn 35 at the end of the calendar year.
The Mirror are reporting that while Spurs have been left bewildered by Kane’s public admission, behind the scenes, they have already started looking at replacements, such as Southampton’s Danny Ings, or perhaps Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (another potential part-exchange?).
Above all however, Spurs remain determined not to sell Kane this summer, especially as he still has three years left on his £200,000-a-week deal.
Kane was due to get string of Player of the Year awards before the game, didn’t happen but still expected to receive them another time. He has clearly made up his own mind... that was his last home game for Tottenham.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 20, 2021