Less than a week after Dortmund qualified for the Champions League next season, the Tottenham striker and England captain spoke for over an hour on Gary Neville’s Youtube channel, talking about the topics such as his desire to win trophies and how he would like to play with Kévin De Bruyne.
Manchester City were and still are an admirer of Erling Haaland – how could a superior side not be? – but it served as a little boost to the Premier League champions that one of their main goals was much more attainable than the other.
This turned out to be incorrect, of course, with Kane’s side fundamentally failing to understand their deal with Tottenham president Daniel Levy and the businessman’s stance only becoming more entrenched with each commotion. public to leave. It did mean, however, that Kane was the summer saga as Dortmund quietly kept their hands on their star asset for another season.
The calm for the Bundesliga club came before the expected storm, with Haaland set to return to the agendas of Europe’s biggest clubs after picking up where he left off with his prolific goalscoring form. After visiting Barcelona and Real Madrid last spring, superagent Mino Raiola is said to have scheduled talks with City in January about a move next summer.
After holding all the cards he wanted in the last transfer window, Levy can now find that his hand isn’t as good as he thought it was. Kane’s form hasn’t been great since he reluctantly agreed to continue in north London, and City are the most obvious club to pay a premium for the striker if need be.
Yet for all his experience and pedigree, Kane at 29 next season doesn’t seem like such a valuable prospect as a 22-year-old Haaland – especially for the Blues who enjoy signing players in that younger bracket.
After making sure City were aware of the situation in May, the player and his representatives may want to be just as unsubtle in providing the Tottenham president with an update on the state of play.
Three years on his deal last summer seemed like an eternity, but the next big transfer window is the last where Kane can reasonably charge a big fee. If Levy doesn’t want to miss this, he must not only open negotiations with City, but also present them with a better deal than the value Haaland represents.
Having both taken advantage of Haaland’s situation last summer in different ways, Kane and Levy have their work cut out for them if they are to avoid being overshadowed by it in the months to come.