Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has made it abundantly clear to Roman Abramovich that he’d love to have Harry Kane at Stamford Bridge, insisting he’d like to sit down with the Tottenham striker just to discuss his approach to the game and declaring: ‘Everyone loves him’.
Kane could be on the market this summer even though Spurs would hate to lose their talismanic centre-forward, who is rated at £150million-plus.
The England captain, who has 32 goals and 16 assists across all competitions this season, is eager to move on to realise his career ambitions of challenging for major silverware.
Spurs do not have Champions League football to offer their key man either, with the club only able to finish as high as sixth.
Champions League finalists Chelsea are one of the clubs who have mentioned in conjunction with Kane’s future, alongside newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City and Manchester United.
Those three are perhaps the only Premier League clubs who could put together a financial package to recruit the £200,000-a-week 27-year-old.
And Tuchel has suggested he’d love to link up with Kane, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku – a former Chelsea player – other options to lead the line for the Londoners next season.
The German coach wants a new No 9 in the summer transfer window and said of Kane ahead of Chelsea’s final league match of the season: “If you find any coach around the world who would not like to have Harry Kane in his team, call me.
“I would like to speak with the guy and hear about his ideas of scoring and attacking.
“Everybody loves Harry Kane but let’s be very, very clear. He is a player for Tottenham. He has a long-term contract and we will not get involved in any press conference with any disrespectful comments about that.”
Chelsea have only scored 57 goals this season with midfielder Jorginho their top-flight top scorer, though all of his seven strikes have come from the penalty spot.
And Tuchel admits his Chelsea side, who were stung by their goalscoring struggles in their FA Cup final defeat to Leicester at Wembley last weekend, need a player to consistently find the net.
“Is that what we want? Jorginho our top scorer? No,” the former Paris Saint-Germain coach said.
“We try – in general we don’t need to hide – we try to improve our statistics offensively. First of all we do that with the guys who are here.”
Chelsea need to win at Aston Villa in the Midlands on Sunday (4pm) to guarantee themselves Champions League football next season.
They then have another six days to prepare for the Champions League final in Porto, Portugal where they face domestic rivals Man City.
Tuchel said of a top-four finish: “We would be absolutely happy to reach it. It was our main target, the focus for all of us.
“Having a busy schedule, making an FA Cup final, even the Champions League made it even harder because we had so many games, first of all, to cope with and a tight schedule.
“It demanded a lot of different levels of concentration and focus from all of us. So this is what we wished for, what we worked hard for.
“It’s still in our hands and we are full of respect for our opponents. We know how hard it is to play at Aston Villa and to beat this strong Aston Villa side. But we are determined to do it.”