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Report: Tottenham have no intention of selling Harry Kane to Manchester United

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Tottenham will not be selling captain Harry Kane to Manchester United or any other Premier League rival, our partners at Sky Sports report.

Recently, multiple reports suggested that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was willing to deal Kane, 26, to Old Trafford for a world-record fee of $250 million in order to alleviate financial losses the club has endured throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Tottenham, who, in order to “protect jobs,” have cut the wages of 550 of their non-playing employees, are also juggling the financial responsibility that is a $1.2 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Kane, who was also reportedly onboard with a move to United, will not make a transfer to Manchester United or any other Premier League foe, according to the report.

The English striker has been out of action since January due to a hamstring injury, but recently opened up about his current frustrations around not winning silverware with his boyhood club, hinting that if the trophies don’t come his time with Spurs may come to a close sooner rather than later.

“It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no. I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs. But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it,” Kane told Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp in late March.

Report: Spurs’ Levy ready to sell Kane

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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is apparently prepared to (again) be amongst the least popular people at the club.

Levy will reportedly sanction the sale of Harry Kane for just under $250 million due to financial concerns at the club and controversial comments from the star striker regarding his Spurs future and the current season.

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The reporter putting his name on it is Joe Bernstein, who claims that Spurs are on the hook for nearly $900 million between stadium costs and transfer fees, and that “Levy is understood to have been furious at Kane’s recent comments that the Premier League season should be voided if it wasn’t completed by the end of June.”

Levy has been under fire this week for become one of a few clubs using government furloughs for its staff.

Normally, we’d dismiss reports like these instantly, but the current coronavirus pandemic climate yields new discussions.

Kane refused to rule out a Spurs exit during an interview with Jamie Redknapp last month, but Levy was reportedly exasperated by the voided season comments the striker proffered later in the discussion. Levy believes a voided season would hurt the club’s financials in a big way.

A Kane exit would lead to a cacophony of criticism and contemplation in the football world. For one thing, Kane turns 27 this summer and has eight or more Premier League games in three of his last four seasons.

He’s also 87 of his 136 career PL goals in that time, building a center forward resume paralleled by few in English football history.

There is no question about his skill set, either, as Kane has buried goals in the Champions League at a strong pace, too. The Englishman has 20 goals in his last 24 UCL outings.

Selling Kane would also instantly and (mostly) incorrectly be compared to Spurs sending Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, mostly because of the ineffective way the North Londoners spent the massive haul of money. This is a different situation and scenario, which approach in short order.

Spurs received more than $100 million for Bale in 2013 and bought seven players that summer. Christian Eriksen became a star and Erik Lamela has been a contributor when healthy, but Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, and Nacer Chadli were either busts or better elsewhere (The club also sold Jermain Defoe, Clint Dempsey, and Scott Parker amongst others that summer).

Why is it different, besides the players? Spurs are supposed to have advanced in its project by now, becoming a routine top four finisher in addition to reaching last season’s Champions League Final and building a new stadium which looked to be the springboard to strengthened financial footing.

That’s why there’s a word of caution in dismissing the report or the idea that Levy would want to make budgetary moves to stabilize the club. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are a monumental concern for the majority of clubs, and will hit some harder than others.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is among a crowd that believes big-fee transfer purchases will sink this summer, with some clubs will be antsy to sell.

Kane is in a class of players who would test this theory, with Leroy Sane and Jadon Sancho others who would’ve easily been nine-figure players in the current market. They still may be — Sancho is a unique and perhaps generational case — but we’ll soon discover what’s hysteria and what’s very real.

Daniel Levy calls for all players, clubs to cut wages

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Tottenham chairman has called for Premier League players and staff to take wage cuts to help clubs cope with the suspension during the coronavirus pandemic.

Levy revealed he is among 550 non-playing staff at Tottenham who have taken pay cuts as he pointed to the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich as their players and officials had taken wage cuts in order to make sure every individual at the club was paid and costs did not spiral out of control during the suspension of leagues.

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Levy confirmed that the “club’s operations have effectively ceased” and “has an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds” before adding that clubs and players should do their part as clubs, leagues and players’ unions meet on Wednesday in England to work out a way forward.

“We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football eco system,” Levy said.

Levy in particular will be scrutinized as he was the highest-paid Premier League executive, paid $3.7 million in 2018 and $8.7 million in 2019 after a hefty bonus for Tottenham completing their move to a new stadium.

Tottenham’s chairman also explained exactly what Spurs are doing to help them deal with the new financial reality all soccer clubs are facing, as the UK government is paying 80 percent of wages of staff who have been furloughed (basically told they still have a job but aren’t needed right now) by their employers.

“We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs. Yesterday, having already taken steps to reduce costs, we ourselves made the difficult decision – in order to protect jobs – to reduce the remuneration of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent utilising, where appropriate, the Government’s furlough scheme. We shall continue to review this position,” Levy added.

Soccer will of course have to adjust to its new reality and the longer the suspension goes on, tougher decisions will have to be made about players and staff taking significant pay cuts to help keep costs down with no matchday revenue coming in. Tottenham’s stadium is being used to help prepare food for vulnerable people in the local and it has been offered to the NHS to be used any way it can help.

Plenty of clubs across the Premier League have vowed to pay temporary staff used on matchdays but many are making use of government help with wages and many are doing plenty for their local communities too. These are unprecedented times and players and clubs are stepping up to make sure the most vulnerable are looked after.

Spurs admit failing to secure Champions League would affect summer recruitment funds

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Tottenham Hotspur released a statement for supporters and investors that admitted the potential loss of Champions League play could affect the club’s financial availability for player recruitment this summer.

Spurs currently sit eighth in the Premier League table after drawing with Burnley this past weekend, currently seven points adrift of a Champions League place and four points shy of fifth which could end up being a Champions League qualifying spot pending Man City’s UEFA ban.

Club chairman Daniel Levy spoke at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, and the minutes from the meeting published by the club outlined the chairman’s concerns with the potential lack of top European play next season.

“Daniel Levy responded that Spurs have a net base spend of £200m in the last four years on players but maintained there is little correlation between money spent and winning. It’s about making the right decisions. Funds were ring-fenced for the summer, however not qualifying for the Champions League would have an impact all round.”

Levy continued with the narrative that spending does not equal winning, saying, “Spurs are a club that makes superstars. Jose Mourinho wants to bring in players who give everything for the club because they recognize the opportunity.”

The club spent an estimated $163 million this season on players between the summer and winter transfer windows, bringing aboard the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon in the summer plus Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes in the winter, while Spurs also committed another $46 million to this coming summer on the permanent signing of on-loan midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. Tottenham has struggled through a striker drought during the second half of this season, with both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son missing significant time through injury.

Spurs can also qualify for next season’s Champions League should they win the competition. They currently face a 1-0 Round of 16 deficit as they travel to RB Leipzig for the second leg on Tuesday.

Spurs complete Bergwijn transfer from PSV

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After 18 months without signing a single player, Tottenham Hotspur sure are making up for lost time.

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The club announced on Wednesday that 22-year-old Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn has been signed from PSV Eindhoven, marking Tottenham’s second signing of the January transfer window. Midfielder Gedson Fernandes arrived from Benfica earlier this month.

Bergwijn is a dynamic wide attacking player who put together the best season of his younger career last term (14 goals in 33 league appearances) and followed it up with another solid six months at PSV (5 goals in 16) before Spurs came calling. He arrives a day after Christian Eriksen officially departed Spurs for Inter Milan, and Bergwijn will wear the no. 23 shirt, which stood vacant for less the 24 hours in Eriksen’s wake.

The fee for Bergwijn has been reported at $32 million, making him a relatively low-risk signing in the world of today’s transfers, though his mere presence signals a significant departure from the club’s standard operating practices of the past.

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Do Spurs fans have Jose Mourinho to thank for chairman Daniel Levy’s newfound free-spending ways? Not even Harry Redknapp could convince Spurs’ frugal owner to spend in this manner, let alone the likes of Mauricio Pochettino or an Andre Villas-Boas. While requesting and demanding — and getting — big-money signings has been a common theme of Mourinho’s management career, Spurs didn’t seem like a place he’d simply continue to operate in that way.

Rather than learn a new trick himself, it would appear Mourinho taught Levy one instead.