Harry Kane was denied a move to Manchester City and will be aware that time is running out for Tottenham to cash in as he enters the final two-and-a-half years of his contract
The England captain went public with his desire to leave and his late show for Tottenham’s pre-season training only increased speculation in a transfer saga that dominated the summer.
Levy, however, had other ideas, rejecting a reported £100million bid from City as he supposedly went back on a gentleman’s agreement with Kane in order to keep the forward in north London.
With two and a half years now remaining on the striker’s contract, time is running out for Spurs to capitalise on Kane’s worth and this summer could prove a case of now or never with regards to a move to City.
Kane will be aware of Tottenham’s predicament, conscious of the fact that the club could rake in a huge sum for his services in six months time or continue to stand firm, leaving him with the prospect of seeing the City ship sail away.
It looks set to be another tense summer between player and chairman, especially given the Daily Mail‘s claims that the 28-year-old is still determined to leave the club despite the high-profile appointment of Antonio Conte as manager.
The Italian himself has appeared demoralised of late, continually acknowledging that the gap between Spurs and their Premier League rivals is more vast than expected, with silverware still appearing a long way off.
Ultimately, it was Kane’s hunger to win trophies which has evoked his desire to move on from north London.
Speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap back in May, Kane outlined his desire to play “in the biggest games and biggest moments”, revealing that talks would be held with Levy as he insinuated it was time for a fresh challenge.
“For sure, it’s a moment in my career where I have to kind of reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman,” Kane revealed. “I hope that we can have that conversation.
“I’m sure that he’ll want to set out the plan of where he sees it but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career this moment in time.
“He’s been fair with me. He’s never kind of just held me on to a contract and said ‘No, I’ve paid you that. You’re going to stay on that’.
“So, we’ve always had a good relationship, but I’m not sure how that conversation will go if I’m honest, but you know what it’s like as players you don’t know what the chairman is thinking.
“I don’t know, I mean he might want to sell me. He might be thinking ‘If I could get 100 million for you, then why not?’
“I’m not going to be worth that for the next two or three years. I’ve given the club…well, I’ve been there for 16 years of my life.”
After being denied a move in the summer, Kane has appeared out-of-sorts this season, blowing hot and cold as the aftermath of the City fallout appears to have rumbled on.
As Kane himself points out, he won’t be worth £100m in two or three years.
Decision time is almost upon Tottenham once again and a big summer lies in wait for the star striker: will Spurs cash in and grant him a dream move to a trophy-winning club or will Levy stand firm once more and continue to leave Kane in the lurch?