August 11 – According to a plethora of conflicting media reports, it was on, then off, then on, then seemingly off again. All in the space of 48 hours!
But now, after a series of last-minute complications, it is apparently happening after all following one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer.
Pending no more 11th hour snafus, after 19 years at Tottenham Hotspur their all-time record goalscorer, England captain Harry Kane, is set to have a medical at Bayern Munich later today.
After the two clubs agreed a deal reportedly worth €100 million for the 30-year-old striker, the decision to move appears to have been left up to Kane who scored 280 goals in 435 appearances for Spurs but had one year left on his contract.
It has taken Bayern most of the summer to reach a point where Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy seemed to be prepared to do a deal. Kane could have run down the final year of his contract before leaving on a free transfer in 2024 or sign a contract extension which did not happen.
Kane played on Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Australia and South East Asia while negotiations with Bayern continued, last appearing on Sunday when he scored four times in a 5-1 win over Shakhar Donetsk.
Spurs face Brentford in their first match of the season on Sunday and replacing the irreplaceable will be uppermost in the minds of every Spurs fan – for whom Kane’s prospective departure represents the end of an era – as well as new manager Ange Postecoglou who now has an even more thankless task on his hands than when he first arrived a few weeks ago.
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