Tottenham are preparing for a ‘protracted battle’ over Harry Kane despite the forward wanting his future sorted before the start of this summer’s European Championship.
Kane has informed Spurs of his desire to leave this summer with the forward keen on winning major silverware, having seen the north London side fail to challenge both at home and in Europe during the current campaign.
The 27-year-old is yet to win a major trophy and is now determined to secure a move to a club that can provide him with the platform to challenge, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all interested in his signing.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are also admirers but are unlikely to have the finances to secure a deal for Kane this summer.
Spurs are in a strong negotiating position with Kane having three years remaining on his contract and will demand a fee of around £150m for the England captain, their stance likely to lead to a ‘protracted battle’ over his future, according to the Guardian.
Kane had hoped to finalise his future before England’s European Championship campaign begins, something Spurs deem ‘impossible’, the tournament kicking off on June 11 – just 19 days after the final fixtures of the Premier League season.
Spurs are understood to have been unhappy with the timing of Kane’s request as the north Londoners look to secure European qualification over the run-in, whilst Daniel Levy is said to be ‘not inclined’ to sell the club’s prized asset despite his desire to depart.
Manchester City have emerged as the early frontrunners to sign Kane as the newly-crowned Premier League champions seek a replacement for Sergio Aguero, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not ruled out Manchester United signing a new striker despite Edinson Cavani’s contract extension.
Kane’s uncertain future could now prove an unwelcome distraction for England at this summer’s tournament with the Three Lions facing Croatia in their first group stage fixture on June 13.