Incoming Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been informed he will have the final say on whether or not Harry Kane is allowed to leave the club this summer.
Kane has been involved in a saga with Spurs over his future for some time now. Spurs’ talisman has previously revealed his desire to move away from the club this summer – even if that means going abroad – and has likely not changed his mind following the announcement of Espirito Santo’s appointment.
However, it is believed that the England captain has not been in talks with his club in recent weeks, with his full concentration going into his country’s Euro 2020 campaign. He will captain the Three Lions in their quarter-final tie with Ukraine on Saturday.
The Telegraph report that Levy insists his talisman will not be sold without new manager Espirito Santo’s consultation. Should the former Wolves boss advise that the club cash in and use the money for a suitable squad reboot, Kane will be allowed to leave – although Levy is determined to keep Kane at the club for another year at least.
But it is thought that, following England’s European Championship campaign this summer, Kane will meet face-to-face with his chairman to discuss the issue, and state his case for leaving Tottenham. The striker believes the pair have a gentleman’s agreement over the issue, although it’s reported that Levy may not see it that way, meaning Kane could have a struggle to get his own way.
Levy will reportedly only take cash for Kane and values him at around £150m, but will only sell if Espirito Santo or managing director of football Fabio Paratici confirms that the revenue can be used to invest properly in the squad.
Manchester City have shown the most interest in the 2020/21 Premier League golden boot winner this window, already making a £100m bid for the striker. Names like Aymeric Laporte and particularly Raheem Sterling have been talked about as potential makeweights in deals, although Levy doesn’t consider a swap deal suitable. In any case, Sterling is not interested in such a move and his wages wouldn’t be affordable for Spurs.