What Are The Odds On Harry Kane Leaving Spurs For Man City?
Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains odds-on to join Manchester City before the summer transfer window closes on August 31.
The new season kicked off last weekend and Spurs defied the Premier League betting odds in their opener by defeating champions City without their captain Kane.
Kane’s desire to leave Tottenham has been the transfer saga of the summer and with Pep Guardiola recently admitting in public that City are interested in him, the speculation has only intensified as the deadline looms.
The fact Spurs and City were scheduled to play each other on the first weekend of the new campaign only added spice to the storyline but Guardiola remained tight-lipped when asked of his interest in Kane this time around.
New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says the England international is fit and ready to be selected, but ahead of their visit to Wolves this Sunday not everyone is convinced.
“I think there’s going to be a lot more to this story in the coming weeks when things start to unravel,” former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson told Gambling.com.
“If the manager does start putting him in to squads and into the team while the situation is not resolved, I think we’ll end up in a similar situation to when Christian Eriksen was there – sitting on the bench, not playing to his full potential when called upon.
“That upset the rest of the dressing room, in all honesty, and I think the way this has been handled has not been good for either party. It’s very difficult to keep a player happy when he wants to leave.
“I don’t think there’s a possibility that he can stay there now.”
Harry Kane Transfer Odds
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The odds on Kane’s future are finely balanced, with Betfair going 4/6 he joins City before the 11pm transfer deadline on August 31, while MansionBet go 11/10 on him staying.
That suggests he’s slightly more likely to sign for City than being forced to stay, and in Robinson’s eyes the only other club who can afford to buy him are Bayern Munich, though the Bundesliga champions have shown no interest in doing so and are therefore 40/1 outsiders in the transfer betting market.
“It all comes down to Spurs’ financial position and what they want to do, what fee they want to get for him,” he said.
“If you look at world football, Harry Kane’s options are getting narrower and narrower. City have just paid £100million for Jack Grealish. And apart from Manchester City there’s probably only one club in Europe who can afford to buy Kane and that’s Bayern Munich.
“His position has been weakened due to the financial state of football across Europe. Look at the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, they have financial problems, they’re not as financially fluid as they once were.
“It seems there’s only one club willing to pay over £100m for Harry Kane and that’s Manchester City.
“Chelsea probably could if they wanted to, I’m sure they could find that money, but there’s very little history of deals being done between Daniel Levy and Chelsea and I can’t see that changing.
“Kane is 28 now and hasn’t been able to play a full season uninjured for the last four seasons. Yes, his stats add up and he guarantees you goals but he’s 28 and has problems with his ankles as well as having a hamstring operation last year. So for Spurs to get more than £100m for him would actually be a good deal, especially since he wants to leave.”
Pep’s ‘Inappropriate’ Admission
As mentioned, Guardiola openly said City are interested in Kane in pre-season, an uncharacteristic admission from the Catalan who is usually more subtle when it comes to addressing transfer speculation.
Like many Spurs fans, Robinson did not appreciate the comments from the Manchester City manager, but accepts their pursuit was already public knowledge even before Guardiola fanned the flames.
“I think it’s inappropriate for managers to comment on players of other clubs,” he said.
“Quite often, we see managers say they’re not willing to discuss players who are contracted elsewhere, but then this is probably the worst kept secret in football.
“Kane said he wants to go, City have said they want him. It’s just a case of sorting the finances out.
“Tottenham hold the cards at the moment. Harry Kane is contracted to Tottenham, unfortunately for him - because he doesn’t want to be there - they pay his wages and when they say they want him at training he should be at training.”
Has Kane Rebelled?
Indeed, questions have been raised of Kane’s professionalism for the first time in his career amid reports he failed to turn up for pre-season training when the club began preparations for the upcoming season.
Kane categorically denied this was the case in a statement via Twitter, claiming it had been agreed he would join up with the squad at a later date. The uncertainty of the situation has left a sour taste in the mouths of Tottenham fans and Robinson is no different.
“I think the way that he’s conducted himself and the way he’s been badly advised, or whether he’s made these decisions on his own, will not bode well for him,” he said.
“He’s been held in such high regard by Spurs fans worldwide so if he does leave in this way it would probably tarnish his legacy.
“The more you read into it, the more quotes that come out now, the more we’re learning about it. The manager spoke about it the other day and Harry Kane was quick to suggest there’s more to it on his Twitter feed.”
Robinson, who played 175 games for Tottenham and earned 41 England caps, is already resigned to Spurs losing Kane and believes the best outcome for all involved is to wrap the deal up as soon as possible.
“It’s a deal we all hope will be done sooner rather than later,” he said, speaking as a Spurs fan. “The cleaner it’s done, the less likely it is to tarnish the club or the player.
“There’s only one way Harry Kane stays at Spurs and that’s by resolving the whole situation by coming out and publicly saying things have changed, that he’s happy to play for the new manager and wants to stay at the club.
“Other than that, I can’t see any other way that he stays.”
Spurs were 9/2 underdogs in their opening win against City but against Espirito Santo's old side Wolves the expectancy is on the away side to perform this weekend, with most bookies going 5/4 about a Tottenham win.
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