Stick or twist? That’s what Harry Kane will be mulling over as his contract at Tottenham runs down.
The Spurs striker has just 18 months left on his deal with the club that he’s spent 19 years of his life with, and so the inevitable question is starting to jump to everyone’s minds – what will Kane do next?
The England captain nearly ended his long-standing commitment to the north London outfit in 2021, when he came close to sealing a move to Manchester City.
But the transfer never materialised, with chairman Daniel Levy refusing to sell his goalscorer.
Since then the 29-year-old has become the club’s joint-top scorer, reaching 266 goals for the club – the same tally as club legend Jimmy Greaves – in 415 games for Tottenham
However, as was the case when he tried to leave for Manchester in 2021, Kane still hasn’t won any major trophies with Spurs.
So will the Tottenham striker decide to stay in north London and live out his boyhood dream of winning titles with his current club?
Or will he look elsewhere, possibly even overseas, to find glory between this summer and the end of his deal? talkSPORT.com has broken down Kane’s options…
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With no discussions over a new deal since his potential move to Manchester City in 2021, Spurs fans feared Kane would be on his way out.
His involvement in England’s run to the World Cup 2022 quarter-finals and Spurs’ operations in the January transfer window meant there hadn’t been an opportunity to discuss his future at the club.
However, according to The Athletic, Kane is now open to committing his future to Tottenham if the circumstances are right and discussions are set to begin following the conclusion of the winter window.
Winning the Premier League appears to be a bit of a stretch again this season.
But Kane still has a chance to win the FA Cup with Spurs this season, as well as the Champions League.
However, Tottenham fans are currently coming to the end of their tether with the running of their club and Antonio Conte’s future looking uncertain.
This begs the question of whether would it be wise for Kane – who turns 30 this year – to put all his hope in Spurs suddenly winning trophies.
Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Spurs’ superstar.
And with their rivals Man City no longer an option for Kane following striker Erling Haaland’s arrival at the Etihad in the last transfer window, the next 18 months could be the perfect time for the Red Devils to acquire his services.
Man United legend Teddy Sheringham made the same transfer in his career, swapping White Hart Lane for Old Trafford in 1997, which saw him go on to win a historic treble with United in 1998/99.
And Sheringham reckons signing Kane would be a smart move this time round.
He talkSPORT: “You’re not going to get Haaland so go and get Harry, he will lead the line, he will be professional, he will be focused, he will drag players along with him and he will make your club a better club, without a doubt.”
With his Spurs contract due to expire in 2024, this summer could be the last chance for chairman Daniel Levy to attract a substantial fee for Kane with Man United likely to go all out to get a permanent replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whilst it’s assumed Kane would prefer staying in the Premier League to break Alan Shearer’s all-time goalscoring record, there is a chance he could go abroad for the next stage his career.
The 29-year-old has continuously been linked with a switch to the Allianz Arena as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski.
In October, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic labelled the Tottenham man as ‘one of the best players in the world’, despite downplaying the potential to make a move for him in the summer.
Kane has also previously stated he sees the Bundesliga outfit as a ‘top, top club’ – so the admiration is mutual.
And should Spurs fail to tie him down in the next few months, they risk clubs like Bayern moving in on their star man.