Harry Kane was not able to engineer his desired transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City. Spurs’ talisman and homegrown striker publicly stated that he planned to return to Spurs and was giving up his efforts to leave the club in a social media post yesterday, and affirmed that he would give full commitment to Tottenham and Nuno Espirito Santo over the course of the coming Premier League season.
But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped fighting. According to Dan Kilpatrick in the Evening Standard, if Kane can’t get his transfer he’s now willing to push for a new, lucrative contract, and is asking for £400k/week, which would make him one of the highest-paid players in the league.
According to the Standard, Kane believes that his new valuation, reportedly £160m — more than City were willing to offer — should be reflected in his weekly salary, and if he can’t get his move, he can at least get his bag. And he has a point — Kane is pretty badly underpaid compared to the other best players in the league.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy, however, will probably negotiate as fiercely for any new contract as he did with Manchester City. Kilpatrick writes that Kane is also likely to push for the inclusion of a release clause into any new contract, but that with few exceptions Levy has adamantly opposed the inclusion of those automatic clauses. Levy is also reluctant to just increase Kane’s wages, especially since he still has three years left on his current deal.
Levy would want Kane to extend the length of any contract as part of negotiations, potentially tying Kane to Spurs for the rest of his career but maintaining the club’s leverage should he push for another move.
The chairman would also prefer a contract heavily incentivised with bonuses for individual and team successes.
I can see the logic of a new contract for Kane as a way to smooth over what has been a pretty acrimonious transfer saga. What I can’t see is Daniel Levy agreeing to be taken to the cleaners over it. Do the math and a salary that high would make little sense to Spurs financially, especially as Kane heads towards what is likely his declining years. What feels more likely is either a new contract at Kane’s current wage (said to be £200-250k/week plus incentives) or with a mild bump plus a release clause, or a more substantial bump minus a release clause, but with extra years tacked onto the length of the deal.
Kane wants to be paid, and would have had a huge bump in his wages had he gotten his transfer, and I understand that. However, it does feel a little galling that after being handed a pretty big and public L that Kane is ready to rumble with Levy over contract details while there are still apparently bad feelings.
My guess is that we won’t hear much about contract talks for a while, but they’ll likely take place behind the scenes. There’s probably an equitable agreement somewhere in here amindst all the posturing that would make both sides happy, or at least similarly dissatisfied (which is often what negotiations are about). £400k is what Harry wants, but he should probably know after yesterday that you can’t always get what you want.