Harry Kane – Why he needs to move? And where to?

With a recent 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, there is now a presumption that with the race for the top 4 being so tight between Leicester, West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool, the fixture leaves no real room for Tottenham to catch up.

This certainly becomes a worry with Jose Mourinho’s side only side winning 2 in their last 5, it put them in no position to be challenging for the Champions League. And with there being the potential chance of missing out on the Europa League, why should the England captain remain in North London.

But with Kane turning 28 in the summer and entering his ‘prime’, and chasing Alan Shearer’s goalscoring record, Kane should be looking to take his career to the next level and to become a title winner to prove his greatness as a striker.

So why on earth would Kane want to stay?

After yet another fantastic season in the 2017/18 season, with a personal best of 30 Premier League goals, he quickly signed a huge contract extension to be at White Hart Lane until 2024, with Daniel Levy securing the 6-year deal before Kane went off to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

This contract signing was huge for Spurs, especially with the club moving into the New White Hart Lane stadium and holding onto their largest asset, things looked like it’d only improve in North London. And with Mauricio Pochettino leading his Spurs side to the Champions League final in May 2019, losing the fixture to Liverpool 2-0.

But since the final, Tottenham has fallen down the pecking order of teams. With a low budget and performances, Pochettino was sacked and replaced by current manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager hasn’t looked to get the best out of the North London side, despite the calibre of players they have to offer.

But with Spurs falling to 7th despite being top at the start of the season, it looks like Kane will never reach the elite level of player that he desires at Tottenham. Although the England captain has contributed 19 goals and 13 assists, making up 61% of Spurs goals, he hasn’t achieved any major successes since becoming a first-team regular in 2014. And if he wants Premier League titles or Champions Leagues, he surely will have to move on especially with Spurs regressing.

Where should he go?

With Kane being the leading scorer in the Premier League, a typical 25 goal season striker, there would be no reason why a large number of clubs will be queuing up to get him. But with the Tottenham striker being evaluated at £108 million and with four years left on his contract, he is limited to the best and elite teams.

Man City –

With Sergio Aguero announcing that he will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season following ten years of domestic domination, it would come as no surprise if the Cityzen’s would look to through their hat in the ring for Kane. As a proven goalscorer, he would have little to no trouble with Man City’s attacking style of play and is a great contributor to the more expected success and would most likely put him on track to surpass Shearer’s 260 Premier League goals.

If he were to go to Man City, it would also relieve some of the pressure he has at his current club, with Kane more often than not being the man that’ll carry Spurs to points, as he did in the 2-2 draw to Newcastle with Kane getting both goals.

As well as that he may be the best solution for Guardiola, with Erling Haaland’s price tag continuing to rise in a market damaged by COVID-19 and the relationship between Guardiola and Mino Raiola being sour, it seems unlikely. In addition to that, he would be a perfect fit for the Blues already having played with both Foden and Sterling whilst away at England and former teammate Kyle Walker.

Paris Saint-Germain –

This one seems more unlikely than most but it shouldn’t be counted out with the significant amount of funds that PSG possesses and a relationship already shared between Pochettino and Kane. It could become a huge pulling factor as to why he would leave to join a star-studded team with Neymar and Mbappe.

But with Real Madrid’s increased interest in Mbappe, Kane may become the main target for PSG with the club looking to replace the 22-year-old French man. Once again there wouldn’t be a concern over the issues of success in Paris, with PSG knocking out previous Champions Bayern in the Champions League; they are only improving in Europe.

What could turn him away from reunification with former manager and potential European success?

I only believe there to be one deterrent for Kane to move to Paris. Records

With Kane at the peak of his powers in the Premier League with his ability to create and score goals, he will be undoubtedly looking to break all the personal goal-scoring achievements possible. And with there being a level of criticism towards the Ligue1, it could tarnish his stature as a footballing great, as it often does for Neymar.

Manchester United –

With the defeat to the Red Devils on the weekend, there would be no surprise that Harry Kane may look to a move to United as one of the best chances of getting championship success. And it may be Solskjaer’s key to getting over the ‘semi-final’ hurdle that has become an issue since his appointment.

With Kane’s record in front of goal and United’s weak challenge to their other Manchester rivals, the England captain could also help the club regain the Premier League. The signing of Kane would also suit the history of Man United and the approached used by Sir Alex Ferguson, with the legendary manager, previously having a good eye for signing forwards like Berbatov, Van Persie, Louis Saha, Carlos Tevez, Andy Cole, Van Nistelrooy, Eric Cantona and even teenage Wayne Rooney.

Although the budget for Kane would probably accumulate to the same pricing as all of those strikers combined, he would be a great fit nonetheless; linking up with Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood and Pogba to name a few the club already has 61 goals this season.

However, with rumours surrounding Declan Rice being a more favourable option for Manchester United in the summer transfer window, with West Ham pushing a price upwards of £100 million, there will be little room left in the budget for another £150 million for Kane as well.