Tottenham have been shaken by reports that England striker Harry Kane wants to leave the London club.
As speculation about Kane’s future increases On Monday night, the club released a statement saying: “Our goal is to end the season as strong as possible. This is what everyone should be focusing on. “
Sources told BBC Sport that the England captain, who has a contract until 2024, has not submitted an official transfer request or communicated directly his wish to move.
But the Premier League’s top scorer this season is known to be frustrated after another trophy-less campaign at Spurs, which included the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho in April just before losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.
Kane has yet to win a trophy in his club career and it is believed he decided to move to fulfill his professional ambitions.
BBC Sport has been informed that conversations with the club have asked him to ‘become a Francesco Totti’ – the Italian World Cup winner who has rejected numerous transfer offers to spend his entire senior career at Roma.
This has been met with skepticism by Kane’s side, who know the player is coveted by virtually every club, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all known to be interested.
The problem they all face is that Kane still has three years left on the lucrative six-year contract he signed in 2018.
BBC Sport has previously been told there is no break clause in the contract, while Tottenham president Daniel Levy’s long-standing reputation as one of the toughest transfer negotiators of the game, is another obstacle.
However, keeping a disgruntled player against his will comes with its own issues and it is possible that once the season is over, Levy may think that the money he can generate for Kane will go towards a much needed rebuilding exercise. Two turbulent seasons for Spurs have seen Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho replaced as the coronavirus pandemic has put enormous financial pressure on the club, who must pay for their magnificent new stadium.
Levy himself has to move on to a calmer situation after criticism he has received over the failed European Super League plans. A meeting later Tuesday with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, which called on the entire club management to step down, may not go smoothly.