Tottenham, don’t you dare screw up this Kane transfer.


It’s the transfer we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s been drawn out longer than anything anyone’s ever seen in recent memory. Harry Kane’s wanted out of Tottenham for years now, and who could blame him? Now, with Bayern having apparently offered £86m plus add-ons for a thirty-year old striker who can leave for free a year from now, it’s up to Daniel Levy to do us all a solid and accept the bid. While it’s true that Bayern could come back in January with a reduced bid, it’s all too possible that Kane could pull a van Persie a year from now, and none of us want that.

It’s getting awfully late in the transfer window (it closes at 11pm BST on 1 September), and Levy has dithered while nickel-and-diming with Bayern, hoping to get a £100m fee out of the German giants. Who can blame him? Kane’s arguably the best player Tottenham have ever had, and his style of play suggests that he probably still has a good three or four years left in him. He’s never been fast or one to beat his man with the ball at his feet; he’s a lethal finisher who’s best when others put the ball on a platter for him. He might even age like fine wine.

Still, the closer that the deadline creeps, the more likely it is that Kane ends up at Man U or Chelsea, all the better to overtake Alan Shearer’s Prem record of 260 goals. Kane needs just 48 more, which would probably take two more seasons, maybe three. Should he stay at Tottenham for one more season, he’d feel all the more tempted to make the move to Man U or Chelsea to claim that record, and, what’s worse, help his new club win the Prem. Both of those clubs need a striker; Prem-proven strikers are in short supply. Prem-proven strikers available on a free transfer? Priceless.

At our end, of course, we’ve seen how this plays out with our own talisman. Van Persie forced his way out under similar circumstances. Seeing that the club would not or could not invest in the kind of players who could elevate the squad, facing a rebuild on a tight budget, van Persie saw the same writing on the wall that we all saw and got the duck out of Dodge. He went on to lead Man U to the Prem title the very next year. If Kane follows in his footsteps, be it to Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge, we might as well pencil his club of choice in as the presumptive Prem winners for 2024-25 if not beyond.

Here’s the part that gets a bit dodgy. As we all know, no one at Tottenham wants to do anything that makes life any easier for anyone at Arsenal. Far better to cut off one’s nose and all that. Here’s where I break the fourth wall and/or turn to camera #4: Tater-tots, you have to know that refusing to sell Kane to Bayern (or PSG) slams shut the door on your chance at winning anything for the foreseeable future. If I’m being brutal here, you lot really should have sold Kane last summer when you had leverage and could have gotten Real Madrid involved in a bidding war with Bayern, PSG, Man U, and anyone else who was interested. You could have then seen if Levy had learnt any lessons from selling Bale—could he have reinvested the £150m or so any better than he did in signing Lamela, Paulinho, Soldado, Capoue, and Eriksen (the only one to really prove out)? More to the point, could he reinvest £86m any better?

If that’s not convincing, consider the alternative: losing the best player your club has ever seen for nothing in a year’s time…and seeing him help Man U or Chelsea hoist all sorts of trophies for the next four or five years. That might stick in your craws just a bit. What’s worse, you won’t get anything to rebuild a squad that—let’s face it—is in sore need of some rebuilding. Given a choice between selling him to Bayern at a fee somewhat less than what Levy demands and losing him to a domestic rival for no fee at all, I’d have to choose the former.

I hope I’m not asking for any self-serving favours here. In the end, we’re looking at one of those rare occasions when our interests might actually align. Sell Kane to Bayern, and you have a chance to rebuild your squad in order to compete for silverware. Pass on selling Kane, and you face another diffident season devoid of silverware followed by several seasons in which Kane wins all sorts of silverware with Man U or Chelsea. ‘Twixt the two, it’s in your own best interest to sell now (even if it’s also in our own best interest).

We’re deep into some “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” territory, whether you ascribe that phase to the ancient Latin Amicus meus, inimicus inimici mei, to Sun-Tzu, or to Chanakya’s Sanskrit text Arthashastra. What’s more clear is that Tottenham had better sell Kane sooner rather than later if they (or we) are to have any chance at winning domestic silverware anytime soon.

I just hope that we can count on Mr. Levy to do right by his own club, if not ours.

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18 thoughts on “Tottenham, don’t you dare screw up this Kane transfer.

  1. Big Mal

    Without doubt the worst and most pointless article I’ve ever read. He’s clearly never heard of Man City and thinks that Arsenal can’t win a trophy if Kane goes to Chelsea or Man U. Embarrassment to Arsenal and himself of course. Why do they bother

    1. Jon Shay Post author

      well, when you’ve only read two articles, one of them will be better than the other. “Man City”, you say? Never heard of him. Who does he play for, and do you think we could sign him before the transfer window closes?

      More to the point, I admit I should have been more clear in pointing out that we have a decent-to-distant chance at winning the Prem as it stands. To see Chelsea or Man U get Kane would almost certainly vault them past us, making that chance of ours even more distant.

  2. AL Granville

    As a lifelong Spurs fan i have to say this article makes good sense-sell him to Bayern and invest the money in top class players of Ange’s choice.
    Also what about trying to get a tune out of Richarldson? he did it for Everton why not for us?
    As for Kane being the best ever Spurs player have you not heard of Blanchflower, Mackay, Jones, White, Greaves, Hoddle,Gilzean?

    1. Jon Shay Post author

      Good to see that Spurs fan can come in without it getting tetchy. I hadn’t considered how moving Kane might bring out the best in Richarlison, who’s been to play wide when he seems more comfortable & productive as CF.

      As for the claim that Kane is the best ever, you left out my word “arguably”. He’s certainly in the mix. It’s not my place as an outsider to decide that debate.

  3. Stew

    🤣🤣 why the f*ck would any gooner care!?
    & is it only Manchester United or Chelsea or Arse’ that are in with a chance of winning the Premier League? Are you discounting Manchester City & possibly Liverpool as viable candidates?
    But yes, maybe you’re right & in the forefront of Daniel Levy’s thinking would be to do Arse’ a favour!? 🙄

    1. Jon Shay Post author

      What our rivals do does matter. As it currently stands, Man City are still the favourites to win the Prem. Most punters put us second, with Man U, Chelsea, and Liverpool following close behind. If Tottenham were to sell Kane to Man U or Chelsea (I haven’t seen any rumours linking him to Liverpool), that club would leapfrog past us, making it that much harder for us to win the Prem.

  4. jw1

    Comes down to– does ‘Arry want a record or trophies?
    If he goes to Bayern, he almost assuredly sheds the silverware monkey.
    He’d also avoid the scorn that RvP rightly earned himself by going to a direct rival.

    Levy? He gets every bit of hardship he deserves.
    Karma is a stone-cold bitch.

    1. Jon Shay Post author

      I’ve seen some fanciful talk of Levy insisting on a buy-back clause so that Kane can flit off to Bayern for 2-3 seasons, win his silverware, and make a prodigal return to Tottenham. Sigh.

  5. A Simple Truth

    as an Arsenal fan it’s a no-brainer that, if Kane were to leave the Spurs, we would want him to move abroad…we certainly don’t want him propping up another close competitor for the next couple of years…with our luck, he’ll go to Bayern and we will face him in the CL, which would make for some real squeaky bum times in light of our historically horrible record against that particular side…considering his childhood love for our club, we probably deserve whatever we get in this regards…btw besides being Strikers the RVP analogy is fairly weak, in that the Spurs have spent vastly more since their stadium move than we ever did, they didn’t shop their best and brightest and they were aspiring for great things, but simply failed quite miserably…sadly he would fit perfectly in our present setup, as he can lead the line and play with his back to goal…as for Levy, he’s been a drowning clown ever since Poch was removed from the equation

  6. Jax

    What key words were in your headline that would encourage Man (115) City fans to turn up here for their regular insult session? The one expected Spurs fan was very polite and made some good sensible points, but these other trolls must be lurkers who just can’t wait for your daily articles and another opportunity to give you some welcome hits.
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  7. James Gerard Monaghan

    As a lifelong Spurs fan I have to say this article makes good sense-sell him to Bayern and invest the money in top class players of Ange’s choice.
    Also what about trying to get a tune out of Richarlison de Andrade – he did it for Everton & Brazil – why not for us?
    As for Kane being the best ever Spurs player, have you not heard of Blanchflower, Mackay, Jones, White, Greaves, Hoddle, Gilzean, Pat Jennings, Alan Mullery, Bobby Smith, Cyril Knowles, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Martin Chivers, Martin Peters, Ossie Ardiles, Mike England, Paul Gascoigne? We lost the Judas Sol Campbell for nothing to the Woolwich & Christian Eriksen walked for nothing. I believe Harry wanted Spurs to bank £100 million rather than spin out his contract & walk. Daniel Levy is the boss & was obligated to hold out for a good deal before Harry’s contract expired. I wish Harry much success.


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