The long, long saga of Harry Kane (30-Tottenham Hotspur)바카라 to Bayern Munich appears to be coming to an end. The biggest stumbling block has finally been cleared: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has given his blessing to the transfer.
British outlet Football Daily reported on 11 November with the headline “BREAKING! Kane has been given the green light to fly to Germany to sign for Bayern Munich” on the 11th.
The news kept football fans waiting all day on the 11th. Initially, it looked like we could see Kane arrive in Munich that morning. The previous day (10th), Germany’s Bild reported that “Tottenham have accepted Munich’s latest bid for Kane. Tottenham will receive €100m (£144.9m) for Kane’s transfer. It is now ‘only a matter of time’ before the deal is completed. Tottenham and Munich are only left to work out the details.”
Fabrizio Romano, one of the most authoritative sources on European football transfers, also announced on social media on 11 November: “Kane is joining Bayern Munich. The deal between the parties has been completed with Kane giving his final approval for the move. Tottenham will receive a fixed fee of €100m plus €20m in add-ons. Kane will sign a four-year contract and fly to Germany today (11 November). A medical has been booked and the deal is complete.”
Normally, news like this would be considered official in any other player’s transfer saga. But for Levy, who has a reputation in Europe for being a ‘twit’, the rumoured ‘details’ were problematic. Just hours after Romano’s news broke, Sky Sports Germany reported that “Tottenham hope to renegotiate the details with Bayern Munich. Kane’s flight has been cancelled for now.”
German Sky Sports journalist and Bayern Munich expert Florian Plettenberg added: “Kane is on his way to London airport to catch a flight to Munich. Bayern Munich are waiting for him. However, Tottenham are now blocking the transfer. They have cancelled Kane’s permission to board the plane. Kane is now in his car waiting for permission to travel to Munich to undergo a medical.” With that, Kane’s move seemed to be delayed yet again.
However, Bayern Munich’s efforts to make a splash with Kane appear to be paying off. This summer, Bayern Munich struggled with Levy’s negotiating tactics as they were new to the club. They made their interest in Kane known as soon as the transfer window opened, and according to Sky Sports, their initial offer was €70 million.
However, Levy was hoping to get more than £100 million ($166.7 billion) for Kane, and Munich again offered €80 million ($115.2 billion), with the price eventually rising to €100 million in the last five days. According to Sky Sports in the UK, “Bayern Munich’s offer is worth more than €100m (£144m) in total, including options. There is still a gap of more than €20m between the two sides, but Munich believe they have made a sufficiently improved offer and believe it is a fair and final offer.”
With the final offer totalling €120m (£175.3m), Levy would eventually get 100% of what he wanted. Bayern Munich aren’t doing too badly either. If Kane’s move is finalised, they will have a successor to Robert Lewandowski. Serge Gnabry scored a team-high 14 league goals last season, but his natural position is as a second striker and winger, not a frontline striker. The same cannot be said for Thomas Muller, 33, the living history of Bayern Munich.
According to US outlet The Athletic, Kane will earn £25 million a year from Munich. That’s a weekly wage of £480,000, making him one of Munich’s highest paid players. It’s more than double what he currently earns at Tottenham.
The downside is that we will no longer see the soul mates Son Heung-min (32)-Kane duo. Kane and Heung-Min shared a fantastic chemistry during their eight seasons at Tottenham, scoring 47 goals together – the most ever in the English Premier League (EPL) and the stuff of English legend. Son recently told Football London: “Kane doesn’t make any noise around him. He loves being at Tottenham and I respect and love him as a player, he’s one of the best strikers in the world,” he said, adding that “the decision (to move to Bayern Munich) will be between the club and him and we have to respect that decision” and supporting Kane’s choice.
Tottenham begin their 2023-2024 campaign on the 13th, travelling to Brentford. Bayern Munich kick off the 2023-2024 season on the 12th against RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup. Which shirt will Kane wear this weekend?