Harry Kane has been warned “it’s now or never” for him to leave Tottenham amid claims Manchester City would be a “better fit” for him.
It’s been almost a year since the 27-year-old striker teased his potential Spurs exit when he admitted he would not stay at the club “for the sake of it” if they could not match his ambition.
Kane is yet to win a trophy in his professional career despite all his goal-scoring exploits.
And with Tottenham languishing in mid-table and facing a battle for a Champions League spot, ex-Spurs midfielder Danny Murphy feels the England captain is at a crucial crossroads in his career.
“It’s a huge summer for Harry Kane. If he doesn’t leave Tottenham now, he never will,” Murphy told The Mail. “He’ll finish as the club’s record goalscorer and have a statue built outside the stadium if he stays but at the expense of winning the trophies his talent deserves.
“I’m sure he’s thinking about it every day because time isn’t on his side. Right now, he is among the best three strikers in the world and would improve any team.”
The issue for Kane of course is not whether any clubs would be interested in signing him, but whether they could reasonably commit to affording him.
He only signed a new six-year contract at Tottenham in 2018 – meaning he is still tied to the club until 2024.
By then he will be 31, and Spurs owner Daniel Levy is not likely to accept anything less than £150million for his prized forward in the current market.
In addition, potential suitors will no doubt think twice about such an outlay when taking Kane’s troublesome injury record into consideration.
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Man City and Man Utd are two of the leading candidates for his signature if he moves on at the end of the season, with both sides keen to land a striker.
“United might still be a year or two away from winning the big trophies which makes me think Manchester City looks a better fit,” Murphy said.
But with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe now the names on everyone’s lips, Kane may be forced to take what he can get if he intends on leaving Tottenham for pastures new.
Murphy added: “One thing looks clear. From this summer onwards, future offers will be harder to come by. So I do think he should twist rather than stick.”