Tottenham Hotspur may be on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League this season, but they now face a new hurdle in retaining Harry Kane at the club as Bayern Munich seek a replacement for Robert Lewandowksi.
Bayern Munich are on the lookout for a successor to Robert Lewandowski this summer, and have been advised to recruit Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, who have already “made contact” with a prospective replacement.
The Polish international is said to have warned Bayern’s board that he may have played his final game for the Bundesliga winners, and there aren’t many players capable of replacing the shoes of a player who has 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern.
But Kane would undoubtedly fall into that category, and Julian Nagelsmann’s side has been advised to explore a move for the “complete” Spurs forward as a successor to their veteran striker this summer.
With 247 goals in 385 appearances for the north London club, Kane has an equally remarkable record.
Former Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has advised Sky Sports Germany that Die Roten should chase Kane if Lewandowski goes this summer.
According to the Express, he said: “Personally, I would rush to sign Harry Kane for Bayern Munich. This is my viewpoint.
This striker, in my opinion, is a complete striker who scores goals on a daily basis for Tottenham in a good but not world-class squad.
If he plays for a team like Bayern, I believe he will be a wonderful replacement at a young age. Bayern Munich is in charge of this.”
Kane was highly sought by Manchester City last summer, but Daniel Levy refused to trade his star player to their Premier League rivals.
However, speculation over Kane’s future has remained ahead of the conclusion of the current campaign, particularly if Antonio Conte leaves the Lilywhites.
Also, with Spurs needing only a point at Norwich City on Sunday to ensure a top-four finish and Champions League qualifying for next season, there is a strong expectation that Conte will stay in charge, which would increase the chances of Kane staying as well.
The Italian coach has already begun looking for reinforcements for next season, including, strangely, a capable Kane backup.
Spurs have made contact with Rennes attacker Martin Terrier about joining the club next season, according to Footmercato.
Spurs are thought to be “very fond” of the 25-year-old, who has 21 goals in 36 Ligue 1 outings this season.
The Frenchman has a three-year contract with his current club, but the attraction of Premier League-and Champions League-football next season might be too much for a player who Spurs consider as Kane’s ideal back-up.
Qualifying for Europe’s premier club tournament would not only boost their chances of retaining Conte, and hence Kane, in north London next season, as well as obtaining top transfer targets like Terrier, but it would also provide Levy and co. with a significant cash windfall.
According to UEFA competition prize money for 2021/22, teams get £13.3 million for competing in the Champions League, according to Twitter user Swiss Ramble, a football business specialist.
The maximum income from the groups is £14.3 million, with a win earning £2.3 million and a tie at £796 thousand.
The highest amount of money that may be won by winning the tournament is £59.7 million, with the participation money bringing the total to £71.9 million.
Spurs would also make more money because of the television pool and UEFA coefficient.
The £507.5 million UEFA coefficient fund for 2021/22 was divided into £960k shares for all 32 teams in the group stage.
Meanwhile a portion of the £259 million in TV money was distributed depending on a team’s place in the previous Premier League season-Spurs would earn 10% for placing fourth.