Kane hoping ‘gentleman’s agreement’ will pave way for summer move

Sources close to Kane indicate he has reiterated his desire to leave Spurs in the past month, having requested a transfer last summer but agreed with Levy to stay for another season.

The Spurs chairman is said to have shaken hands on a transfer this summer if Kane still felt the same, amid the hope that Jose Mourinho would help the striker to win the trophies he craves.

But Spurs have gone another season without silverware and are set for consecutive campaigns out of the Champions League, leaving Kane determined to push through an exit before this summer’s European Championship finals.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all contacted the England captain’s entourage and Kane’s preference is to stay in the Premier League, where he is on course to challenge Alan Shearer as the competition’s all-time top scorer.

Levy, however, would be loath to sell him to an English rival, and the striker has not ruled out a move to Europe. He is close to ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, while Barcelona and Real Madrid are sure to be interested.

It remains to be seen if Levy would honour any agreement with Kane, although the player is said to be confident that the chairman is a man of his word, having always previously stuck to his agreements with the 27-year-old.

Kane has three years remaining on the six-year deal he signed in 2018, leaving Spurs in a strong position. Spurs have consistently reiterated that Kane is not for sale, but it is widely thought Levy would have to consider offers in excess of £150million for the club talisman.

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The Spurs hierarchy are furious at the timing of the leak about Kane’s desire to leave, with the club still pursuing a Europa League place in the final two matches of the season.

There is particular frustration that Kane’s friend, Ryan Mason, will be forced to pick up the pieces when the interim head coach faces the media this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s match against Aston Villa, when 10,000 fans are set to return.

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