Chelsea are reportedly set to offer Tottenham both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Tammy Abraham in exchange for wantaway striker Harry Kane, as Thomas Tuchel confirms his interest in the player.
The England captain’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was thrown into doubt on Monday evening, after reports emerged that he is keen to move on this summer, the player looking to end his barren run with regards to major honours.
The 27-year-old – who has netted a hugely impressive 22 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League this season – has risen through the ranks at Spurs to emerge as the club’s leading man, yet following a poor campaign in which they have missed out on Champions League football for a second year running, it would appear the forward is ready to part ways.
While he’s teased City fans by admitting it would be a ‘striker’s dream’ to line up alongside Kevin De Bruyne, the recently crowned champions aren’t the only side in the equation, with Manchester United said to be retaining an interest, as well as Chelsea.
As per ESPN,Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to offer both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Tammy Abraham in a player-plus-cash deal for Kane, although there is a fear that their London rivals will not do business with them.
The Spurs striker currently has three years remaining on his current deal, meaning that owner Daniel Levy is in no real rush to sell and could demand as much as £150m if any club wishes to prize him from his boyhood club.
Amid the current economic situation, such a figure is perhaps unrealistic for even the top-flight’s richest sides, hence why the Blues will reportedly offer players as well as a fee in attempt to secure his signature.
Kane’s international colleague, Abraham, has hardly featured since Tuchel’s arrival back in January, yet is still the club’s joint-top scorer in all competitions with 12 goals and would be a more than adequate option to fill the void left behind by the current Spurs man.
As for Kepa, the former Athletic Bilbao stopper has endured a torrid time at Stamford Bridge since his £71m signing in 2018, yet has been in better form of late and could solve a problem area for Spurs, with current number one Hugo Lloris facing an uncertain future at the club.
The report suggests that Callum Hudson-Odoi could be another player potentially on the table, yet whether Levy and co will even entertain offers from their rivals is unclear.
Nevertheless, the Blues are clearly fond of the player, with Tuchel admitting his admiration for the England international, ahead of Chelsea’s final day showdown against Aston Villa.
“If you find any coach around the world who would not like to have Harry Kane in his team, call me again,” Chelsea’s manager said at his pre-match press conference. “I would like to speak with the guy and hear about his ideas of scoring and attacking.
“Everybody loves Harry Kane but let’s be very, very clear, he is a player for Tottenham. He has a long-term contract and we will not get involved in any press conference with any disrespectful comments about that.”