Sod the add-ons: Spurs tell Man Utd to pay £100m in one up-front payment for Harry Kane

Jason Soutar
Tottenham striker Harry Kane looks frustrated

Tottenham will only ‘consider’ selling Manchester United target Harry Kane for £100million ‘up front’, according to a report.

Kane will enter the final year of his contract this summer, triggering rumours of a move elsewhere.

United are in the market for a new striker and some reports have suggested that Kane will be their number-one contract in the summer transfer window.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos are also believed to be on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist.

Much has been said about Kane’s lack of career trophies – he has none – and whether or not he would be willing to leave Tottenham to pursue some silverware.

Bayern Munich have been linked with the England captain, but given the fact he is closing in on Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record, it is hard to imagine Kane moving abroad.

A move to Old Trafford makes sense for Kane on so many levels. United have much more chance of winning trophies than Tottenham and the 29-year-old will be able to break Shearer’s record.

It will be an interesting summer transfer window, to say the least.

In 2021, Spurs rejected a huge bid worth an initial £75m – including add-ons – from Manchester City for their talisman.

Kane had three years on his contract at this time and Spurs were reportedly looking for around £150m.

Given his contract situation, you would probably expect a fee in the region of £75m to get a deal done, but this is not the case.

Previous reports have suggested that the north Londoners’ asking price is £100m, and now The Times say they want that fee paid in one go.

When a player costs a fee in that region, there are usually plenty of add-ons and clauses included, so this is quite surprising.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, which United are reportedly aware of as they prepare to pursue Kane at the end of 2022-23.

£100m up front would see Levy ‘consider’ the sale of Kane – who is on the Red Devils’ ‘shortlist of striker targets’.

Spurs obviously ‘do not want to sell the forward to a domestic rival’ and United ‘believes it will take a bid of £100m’ to bring the club’s hierarchy to the table.

Levy is clearly attempting to deter potential suitors, and it is added that United ‘may be put off’ by his demands.

Shearer’s aforementioned record has boosted confidence at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that the 29-year-old will look to stay at the club beyond this summer.

Kane will be in action for England later this month when they take on Italy and Ukraine in their opening Euro 2024 qualifiers.

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