Sky in Germany are reporting that Bayern Munich have made a second bid for Harry Kane worth £68m. plus additions; Kane has entered the final year of his Spurs contract with the club and insists he is not for sale; Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou: “I haven’t been given any assurances [over Kane’s future]”
23:17, UK, Tuesday 11 July 2023
Harry Kane will return to Tottenham on Wednesday with new boss Ange Postecoglou preparing to meet the forward for the first time for face-to-face talks over his future.
Sky in Germany reports that Bayern Munich have made a second bid for Kane worth £68m plus add-ons, with the England captain said to be keen on a move to the Bundesliga champions.
The 29-year-old, who returns to pre-season training on Wednesday after an extended summer break, has entered the final year of his Spurs contract and although the club insist he is not for sale and they would not welcome any bids for the striker, Postecoglou said on Tuesday that he has received no assurances that Kane will remain in north London this summer.
Ange: No assurances about Kane’s Spurs future
Postecoglou said in his first Tottenham news conference: “No, I haven’t had any assurances [over Kane’s future] and I wouldn’t expect any assurances because with that sort of thing you never deal with certain things or security.
“I’m trying to concentrate on the things that I know right now, and what I know right now is that Harry is part of this squad. He’s looking forward to getting back into training, getting back among the players in here, and we start working together.
“If I spend too much time worrying about the effect it can have either way, I’m going to miss trying to build a team because at the end of the day, that’s what’s going to make us successful.
“If we build a team that plays football a certain way. I don’t want to miss this first opportunity to establish what I know will be important in the long term.
“What’s important long-term goes beyond individuals. It’s more about the overall philosophy of who we want to be as a team and the key people within that.”
Kane returns to training on Wednesday and former Celtic boss Postecoglou revealed how he expects talks with the Tottenham goalscorer to go.
The Australian said: “I don’t think it’s my role to sit there and sort of treat people one way because of their circumstances. I’m very big on treating everybody the same.
“Harry is already part of the history of this club and I want him involved here. My conversation with him will be about how we can make this club succeed and that’s what he wants too.
“I doubt it will be defining in the way people think. I will introduce myself to Harry, give him my vision, get an understanding from him of what his vision is and try to be successful.”
After a fine individual campaign in which he scored 30 goals despite the north London club finishing eighth and having three managers, Kane is now just 48 away from surpassing Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 260 goals.
Will Kane be on the plane for Spurs’ pre-season tour to Australia?
Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge:
Kane was due to return to Spurs on Wednesday after an extended break following the internationals at the end of the season.
It was interesting to see Postecoglou talk about the situation on Tuesday. he was very laid back about it.
We reported from our colleagues at Sky in Germany that there have been two bids, but the message from here is that Tottenham do not want to sell the player.
He is a player who scored 30 league goals in a team that finished eighth last season and Postecoglou wants to build his new Spurs side with Kane in there.
If Kane stays, it’s a very mouth-watering attack with the addition of James Maddison now. Kane scored 30 goals without much creativity as the Spurs midfield and Maddison will bring you that.
Also, if Kane is on the plane and heading to Australia for Spurs’ pre-season tour, as I fully expect he will be, that will also be a bit of a boost.
‘Spurs take a huge gamble if they keep hold of Kane’
Chief sports features writer at the Daily Mail, Riath Al-Samarraispeaking on Back Pages Tonight:
“I don’t think anyone would take a look at Harry Kane the person and think he would be agitating for a move. Even if we look over in Paris and what’s happening with Kylian Mbappe, he’s giving interviews he’s talking about a divisive club – you don’t see that from Kane.
“At the end of the day it’s going to come down to whether someone makes the kind of offer Daniel Levy will accept.
“I don’t necessarily buy the idea that Tottenham don’t want to sell Kane in the summer. To be honest, it would seem illogical for them to hold on to him. Of course you’d take a bet to be in the top four next season, but it’s a huge investment.
“If they can get upwards of £80m – which I still believe they can – even in the last year of his contract, then he’s worth it. It would also be a stretch to say they would accept an offer in that kind of ballpark.
“Obviously Postecoglou will sell him his vision, but if Kane has decided he wants to leave, I’m not really sure it matters what he’s told at this point.”
Kane, transfers and new system: The big tasks Ange faces at Spurs
Postecoglou officially started his new role as Tottenham manager on July 1, but he has already been hard at work behind the scenes for almost a month.
Since the announcement of his appointment was made on June 6, the Australian has planned extensively for what looks to be a huge job at Spurs, who face the reality of being without European football for the first time since 2010.
Sky Sports news reporter Michael Bridge analyzes the key tasks ahead of Postecoglou’s first season in north London.
Ange: I want to bring success to Spurs
Ange Postecoglou was appointed as Spurs’ new manager last month after Antonio Conte was sacked in March.
The 57-year-old, who won the domestic treble at Celtic last season, is hoping to land Spurs’ first trophy since 2008.
He said: “I want to bring success to this football club. I always take over clubs after they have had a disappointing season or seasons.
“What I value most is creating something that lasts and remains beyond my tenure.
“The scenario that Tottenham are in right now is what motivates me the most.”
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