Tottenham players have been shocked by the public nature of Harry Kane’s desire to leave the club, according to reports. News broke earlier this week of the England captain’s wish to depart in pursuit of silverware.
The 27-year-old believes he has a gentleman’s agreement to leave Spurs this summer. That is because Spurs chairman Daniel Levy asked him to stay for another year after knocking back enquiries from Manchester City last year.
However, Levy remains unwilling to sell his star player to a Premier League rival, and it would take an offer of at least £150million for him to budge.
Kane’s £200,000 per week wage presents a further stumbling block.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be four of very few clubs who could finance a deal this year due to the financial difficulties that have been thrust upon football by Coronavirus restrictions.
“That’s my aim, to be winning trophies season in, season out. Scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out. That’s the standard I want to set myself.”
Kane’s Tottenham team-mates are believed to be surprised by how publicly the transfer saga has been played out, the Mirror claims.
Spurs were poor during their 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa on Wednesday, perhaps affected by the distraction and uncertainty over Kane’s future.
Post-match, the forward spent a lengthy period of time applauding Spurs supporters. The report claims that Kane saw this as an opportunity to say goodbye to fans as he believes it was his final match at White Hart Lane as a Tottenham player.
Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov has told the club’s players not to pay attention to the speculation.
“Transfer requests are a normal thing in football, players want to leave clubs,” Berbatov, who played 102 times for Spurs before joining Man Utd, told Betfair.
“I was at Manchester United when one of the biggest names in football at the time, Wayne Rooney, wanted to leave and handed in a transfer request.
“There were a lot of questions about why he wanted to go at the time and there was a lot of speculation, but in the dressing room you try to understand motives behind something like this and you don’t ask about it, you just try to put yourself in the player’s situation and see things from their side.
“As a player you can’t pay too much attention to these things and get distracted by it because it can affect your own game and performance.
“Moments like this can bring tension to a team which is why you shouldn’t focus too much on it, you can only hope that it gets resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the team.”