Harry Kane may leave Tottenham in the summer after the club took a £175m loan from the Bank of England to support them during the coronavirus crisis. That is according to Noel Whelan, who believes a potential failure to qualify for the Champions League may force Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s hand in order to balance the books.
Kane is the north Londoners’ most prized asset as he is rated in the region of £200million and has attracted interest from a host of heavy bidders, such as Manchester United.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It was only yesterday we were talking about the finances being fantastic and all of sudden they are borrowing £175million.
“Where does that leave Jose Mourinho with his transfer kitty? They need to strengthen.
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“There is one player there who wants the team to show some intent in the transfer market – Harry Kane.
“Are they going to need to sell him to raise money if they do not make it into the Champions League? You may see a big money move for Harry.
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“He wants to win trophies and I am sure there will be a team out there who will pay £100million for a player like that – a complete striker. One of the best in Europe. He has everything.
“It would certainly help ease the money problems at Tottenham but how would they replace Harry Kane? That is the problem.”
Tottenham expect to lose up to £200m playing behind closed doors once the Premier League restarts on June 17 whereas a number of other scheduled events have been cancelled.
Guns N’ Roses, Lady Gaga and the Capital Summertime Ball concerts as well as Anthony Joshua’s world title fight against Kubrat Pulev were all set to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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Levy said: “We have always run this club on a self-sustaining commercial basis.
“I said as early as 18 March that, in all my 20 years at the club, there have been many hurdles along the way but none of this magnitude – the Covid-19 pandemic has shown itself to be the most serious of them all.
“It is imperative that we now all work together – scientists, technologists, the government and the live events sector – to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.
“Collectively we have the ability to support the development of new technologies to make this possible and to once again experience the passion of fans at live events.”
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