Man City should use familiar transfer ploy to sign Harry Kane
What do Kyle Walker and Harry Kane have in common? More than you would think.
When signing for Manchester City in the summer of 2017, Walker became the world’s most expensive defender, with Pep Guardiola identifying the English right-back as one of the players that would help him win his first Premier League title at the club.
Guardiola wasn’t alone with that motivation, though, as Walker had spent eight years at Tottenham Hotspur without winning one piece of silverware. “I haven’t won that many things so far in my career,” Walker said upon his arrival at the Etihad.
“I’ve learned a lot, especially under Mauricio Pochettino. But sometimes your path isn’t there and you have to move on and what a place to come and take a different path. Just win trophies – that’s all I’m about and all I want to do.”
Well, four years have passed since Walker sealed his £53m deal to City and he’s since enjoyed incredible success.
Walker has achieved his wish, winning the FA Cup twice, winning the League Cup a remarkable four times, winning the Community Shield twice, while also, most importantly, winning the Premier League twice – the third league title is on its way.
Now 30-years-old, Walker has won multiple major honours, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s set to line up in the Champions League final later this month, arguably the pinnacle of any player’s career. So, how would he assess his decision to leave Spurs?
Only Walker can answer that question, but surely the answer is obvious.
Kane is now 27-years-old, the same age Walker was when departed Tottenham to travel up the M40, and the world-class forward has expressed his interest in winning trophies, just like Walker did before leaving for pastures new.
“When I look back at the end of my career, I will go over it and take in a little bit more. The goal right now as a player is to win team trophies. As much as this [award] is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is,” Kane said last month.
With Sergio Aguero leaving at the end of the season, City are in the market for a traditional centre-forward this summer, and Kane’s statement would have likely immediately grabbed the attention of officials at the Blues, it was a clear ‘come and get me’ plea.
The parallels between the circumstances of Walker’s departure four years ago and the predicament Kane finds himself in now are too apparent to ignore, and while Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, City have worked with him before.
And, while Levy would reportedly demand £150m for Kane to sanction an exit, the Tottenham chairman doesn’t hold all the aces.
Even in the modern game which is driven by substantial transfer fees, player power should not be underestimated, and if Kane communicates that he does wish to leave, Levy would be foolish to stand in the way of the club captain.
Also, with a new manager soon set to arrive at Tottenham and a significant rebuild required, will Jose Mourinho’s successor cut their losses, cash in on Kane and use the money to help create their vision, building their own team? That’s feasible.
It would certainly be a shame to see one of England’s finest ever strikers end his career without clinching any notable silverware.
Kane wants to win trophies, and just like they helped Walker, City can make it possible.