In recent days, there has been a lot of talk and speculation about Harry Kane finally leaving Tottenham. It has been reported that Kane has had enough at Tottenham and has decided that he wants out this summer. In a previous article, I ranked Harry Kane as the second-best striker in world soccer behind Robert Lewandowski. Being one of the top forwards in the world game means any club would love to have Kane on their side.
However, with his quality, he will not be cheap. It is expected he will cost somewhere around $200 million. As such, there are only a few clubs that could afford to sign him. I am going to look at his potential next destination and try to predict where England’s captain ends up.
In one of my articles back in March, I wrote about where I thought Erling Haaland will go next. My prediction was Manchester City. However, this was before anyone knew that Harry Kane wanted out of Tottenham. This now changes things. City has been dominant in European soccer this season and has the Champions League final coming up next weekend. This might make you think, surely they don’t need to spend another $200 million on a striker.
However, it is their one position of real need. Sergio Aguero is leaving this summer and Gabriel Jesus has never really secured a starting position. If they can add either Kane or Haaland, then they will become an almost unbeatable side with no noticeable weaknesses.
Either of these players would be bound to exceed and make City an even more exciting side to watch. The fact that Harry Kane has proven he can dominate in the Premier League makes me think that the Englishman will be Guardiola’s preference this summer.
It has been rumored that Kane’s preference would be to move to Manchester which makes Manchester United one of the biggest favorites for his signature. Manchester United has improved this season, securing second place in the Premier League, and have reached the Europa League final.
Despite this, they go into the final game of the league season 12 points behind their city rivals. This would suggest that they need to sign a big-name player. Someone who is going to come in and help them get closer to the top of English soccer.
The only thing which appears to be stopping this transfer is the recent resignation of Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan has been in prolific form towards the end of this season and has been rewarded with a contract extension. Adding to Cavani, United also has Mason Greenwood who can play in the central role. Signing Harry Kane will severely limit the amount of game time that Greenwood gets. Spending around $200 million whilst you have an exciting talent not playing may not be United’s best path to long-term success.
Chelsea continues to go from strength to strength under Thomas Tuchel and has the Champions League final next weekend to look forward to. However, there appears to be one thing missing – a true goal scorer. The blues have plenty of exciting attackers in the shape of Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech. However, none of these talented players score enough goals to play in that center-forward position.
A player with the goal-scoring abilities of Harry Kane would be a match made in heaven for Chelsea’s current side. With pinpoint crosses from Reece James and Ben Chilwell, he would be supplied with endless chances. Making West London even more likely is the amount of money that Chelsea is prepared to spend.
Owner Roman Abramovich is said to be happy to meet Tottenham’s asking price for their prized asset. The only question mark over this move would be whether Kane would be comfortable moving to Spurs’ London rivals.
This would be an intriguing destination for Harry Kane. PSG is obviously known for spending big, so you would assume that they could afford the massive transfer fee. There are not many clubs worldwide who can afford $200 million on one player so that makes PSG one of the possible destinations.
Adding to this, PSG is now managed by Kane’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino. The two of them had great chemistry together at Spurs and were extremely successful. Despite not winning any silverware, they did manage to reach the Champions League final in 2019. I would imagine that going to work with someone Kane is already comfortable with would certainly have its appeal.
On paper, a front three of Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, and Neymar is a mouth-watering prospect and would give defenders across the game sleepless nights. The amount of goals the three could combine for has the possibility to be ridiculous. The one thing getting in the way of Kane moving to Paris is that he has said his preference is to remain in the Premier League. As the England captain, this is understandable and perhaps makes a move to PSG unlikely
Kane is so settled and comfortable in the Premier League which suggests that he is keen to stay in England. Although he would fit perfectly into Chelsea’s side, I think he will be reluctant to join one of Tottenham’s biggest rivals. This leaves the two Manchester clubs. Both have spent big in recent years so that will not be an issue.
I believe it will come down to Kane’s preference and I believe he would choose Manchester City. You can’t blame him either. Which striker wouldn’t want to be surrounded by players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and Ilkay Gundogan? Wherever he goes, a fascinating summer lies ahead for one of the top strikers in world soccer.