There could be a resolution soon on the future of Harry Kane, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly issued an ultimatum over the star striker.
“Sources have indicated that if Levy cannot convince the striker to extend his deal, Lewis will expect the club to sell rather than forgo a huge fee, with Tottenham valuing Kane at around £100 million ($A191m), if not more,” the report claimed.
It may be welcome news for Ange Postecoglou, who the report claims is “becoming increasingly frustrated by the talk around Kane”.
The team’s new coach admitted as much late last week when asked if he was relaxed about the Kane situation.
“Fair to say I am not relaxed about it,” replied Postecoglou.
“It’s not something you go: ‘Ah, well, you know if it does or doesn’t happen!’ I mean it’s a very important part of this football club. Not just the team, but the football club.
“So, you’ve got to deal with it, and I think, for everyone concerned, we don’t want to be doing it for too long. I don’t think that is good for anyone.
“I don’t think it is good for Harry, I don’t think it is good for the club, because as laser-focused as we want to be, you end up sort of repeating yourself along the way.”
Importantly, Postecoglou also added that he doesn’t necessarily believe it is in Tottenham’s best interests to put a deadline on a decision either.
“But the flip side of that is I don’t want to put a deadline on it, because that adds even more pressure,” the Australian said.
“You want these things to happen for the right reasons. The reality of it is he’s still a contracted player at our football club, so that’s the way I see him.
“It’s not like his contract is ending on the 12th [of August] and he’s got to make a decision, he’s got another year. So from that part, I am not relaxed but I am not putting pressure on him or anyone else at the football club, saying ‘well we need to do this’. But I don’t think deep down any of us want it to go on for too long.”
All reports at this stage suggest Kane will not sign a new contract, with German giants Bayern Munich confident the England captain will join them instead.
Working in Bayern’s favour is the fact it would benefit Tottenham to split with Kane now as opposed to risking losing him to a Premier League rival.
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POSTECOGLOU’S ‘IDEAL’ AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT FOR SPURS ROSTER
As for potential additions Postecoglou could make in his first year in charge, The Athletic reports the Australian “ideally wants two new centre-backs this window”.
The report claims Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven and Edmond Tapsoba of Bayer Leverkusen are “among their main targets” while Blackburn’s Ashley Phillips is another name to watch.
The deal for Phillips appeared the closest to being locked in but is now at risk of collapsing.
Fabrizio Romano reported last week that Phillips would join the Spurs with an agreement in place and £3 million fee heading to Blackburn. So, what changed?
Well, according to The Athletic the asking price has been increased and as a result a fee is yet to be agreed on.
Postecoglou confirmed late last week that Tottenham is continuing to explore more signings during the summer.
“We’re working with the players we’ve got at the moment and I’m really happy with the way they are all working hard,” Postecoglou said.
“But we’ve obviously still got time in the transfer window and we’ll be still looking to do some business.”
That may included signing Gleison Bremer, with Il Bianconero reporting Postecoglou and Tottenham are leading the race for the €50 million ($A83m) Juventus defender.
The report also claims that while Juve are willing to make the move, they first want to lock in a replacement and have already singled out two potential options.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is the leading contender, although Nottingham Forest are reported to have also shown interest in the 25-year-old.
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WHY FABINHO’S SAUDI SWITCH MAY FALL APART
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s 29-year-old midfielder Fabinho appeared all-but guaranteed to join Saudi side Al Ittihad after a reported £40 million ($A76m) transfer bid, joining Jota (from Celtic) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
But there could be a bizarre twist in the tale – or should that be tail?
The Brazil star has two French bulldogs, and Saudi Arabia’s strict rules on dogs could mean the two pups are banned.
‘Dangerous and aggressive dogs’ are banned from entering Saudi Arabia “under any circumstances”, particularly Rottweilers and Pit Bulls. There are concerns that his ‘Frenchies’ will be grouped in with the latter category.
A Saudi Arabia regulation reads that dogs entering the country must be either “hunting”, “guard”, or “seeing-eye dogs”.
Reports from Saudi Arabian media state that Fabinho is seeking ‘further clarity’ on the rules – and if he can’t bring his dogs, he won’t sign a contract.
That could open the door for Bayern Munich to pounce, having missed out on their top defensive midfield target Declan Rice (who moved from West Ham to Arsenal).
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