City, United or Chelsea – where should Harry Kane go?
Words by Rob Chilton
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The pros and cons of each club
Erling Braut Haaland and Kylian Mbappe were transfer targets one and two for this summer but then this week Harry Kane told Spurs he wants out and suddenly representatives from top clubs were polishing their pens, drawing up contracts and putting on their smartest suits to begin their courtship of the striker.
Three clubs have emerged as frontrunners for the trophy-hungry goalscorer: Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Although leaving the club where you made your name will be a wrench, having three superclubs desperate to hire you for a mountain of money must be a rather nice dilemma in which to find yourself. But where should England’s star man go? Harry, have some free advice as we present the pros and cons of each club.
One word: Pep. Working with football’s uber coach would be a personal dream for Kane, say reports in England. The chance to learn from a truly modern, inspirational leader like Guardiola would delight Kane, who meshed so well with another coach in the same mould, ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. City’s playing style would certainly suit Kane, a team player who assists as well as scores. Imagine Kane being on the end of crosses and assists from Ilkay Gundogan, England team-mates Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden and Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne – he’d have 20 goals by Christmas. The only sticking point might be Guardiola’s habit of squad rotation. Kane has played more than 30 games in five of his last seven seasons at White Hart Lane and sitting on the bench at City could be a difficult thing for Kane to handle.
If he joined a finished product like City, Kane would be the cherry on top of the sky blue cake. But if he signed for United, a team and club that need rebuilding, Kane would be the sponge layer propping up the whole thing. The opportunity to be instrumental in returning England’s biggest club to their glory days would be an exciting project for the ambitious Kane, but it might mean a wait for trophies, whereas at City he’d likely have a medal around his neck in his first season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have the magnetism of Guardiola (or the trophies), and United have just renewed Edinson Cavani’s contract, so the path to Old Trafford has its complications, but having England colleague Marcus Rashford up top with him would be a familiar feeling for Kane. The global power and influence of United would also be hugely seductive for Kane, as would those beautiful through-balls from the king of assists, Bruno Fernandes.
Funny, intelligent, energetic and a wonderful communicator, Thomas Tuchel has been a breath of fresh air since replacing the beloved Chelsea icon Frank Lampard in January. The German manager has a close connection with his players and would surely love to put Kane in his starting line-up rather than the demoralised Timo Werner. Inventive training methods (Chelsea play with mini balls, Harry!) would revitalise Kane, especially after reports that Jose Mourinho’s sessions at Spurs were dull and repetitive. Chelsea are a young team on the rise and that will attract Kane, but switching to Spurs’ fierce rivals would spark an angry reaction that Kane will want to avoid. However, with two daughters under the age of five, staying in London with minimal upheaval would be a comfort for Kane on a personal level.
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