The long, long saga of Harry Kane (30-Tottenham Hotspur) to Bayern Munich appears to be coming to an end. The biggest stumbling block has finally been cleared: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has cleared the transfer.
British outlet Football Daily tweeted on Wednesday (Nov. 11), “BREAKING! Kane has been granted permission to fly to Germany to sign for Bayern Munich,” the newspaper urged.
The news kept soccer fans waiting all day on the 11th. Initially, it looked like we could see Kane arrive in Munich that morning. The day before, Germany’s Bild reported that “Tottenham have accepted Munich’s latest bid for the player. Tottenham will receive 100 million euros ($144.9 billion) for Kane’s transfer. It is now ‘only a matter of time’ before the deal is finalized. Tottenham and Munich are only left to work out the details.”
Fabrizio Romano, one of the most authoritative voices on European soccer transfers, also announced on social media that “Kane is joining Bayern Munich. The deal between the parties has been completed with Kane giving his final approval for the move. Tottenham will receive a fixed fee of €100 million plus €20 million in add-ons. Kane will sign a four-year contract and fly to Germany today (Nov. 11). A medical has been booked and the deal is complete.”
Normally, this kind of news would be considered official in any other player’s transfer saga. But for Levy, who is known in Europe as a “twit,” the rumored “details” were problematic. Just hours after Romano’s news broke, Sky Sports Germany reported that “Tottenham hope to renegotiate the details with Bayern Munich. Kane’s flight has been canceled for now.”
German Sky Sports journalist and Bayern Munich expert Florian Plettenberg added: “Kane is on his way to London airport to catch a flight to Munich. Bayern Munich are waiting for him. However, Tottenham are now blocking the transfer. They have revoked Kane’s permission to board the plane. Kane is now in his car waiting for permission to travel to Munich to undergo a medical.” With that, Kane’s move seemed to be delayed yet again.
However, Bayern Munich’s efforts to make a splash with Kane seem to be paying off. This summer, the Bavarians struggled with Levy’s negotiating tactics. They made their interest in Kane known as soon as the transfer window opened, and according to major outlets like Sky Sports, Bayern Munich’s initial offer was €70 million.
However, Levy was hoping to get more than £100 million ($166.7 billion) for Kane, and Munich again offered €80 million ($115.2 billion), with the price eventually rising to €100 million in the last five days. According to Sky Sports, “Bayern Munich’s offer is worth more than 100 million euros ($144 billion) in total, including options. There is still a gap of more than €20 million between the two clubs, but Munich believe they have made an improved offer and believe it is a fair and final offer.”
With the final offer totaling €120 million, Levy would eventually get 100% of what he wanted. Bayern Munich aren’t doing too badly either. If Kane’s move is finalized, they will have a successor to Robert Lewandowski. Serge Gnabry scored a team-high 14 league goals last season, but his natural position is as a second striker and winger, not a frontline striker. Even Thomas Muller, 33, a living history of Bayern Munich, is no longer expected to play the same way.
According to US outlet The Athletic, Kane will earn £25 million a year from Munich. That’s a weekly wage of £480,000, making him one of Munich’s highest paid players. It’s more than double what he currently earns at Tottenham.
The only downside is that we won’t get to see the soulmate Son Heung-min, 32, and Kane duo anymore. Kane and Son had a fantastic chemistry during their eight seasons at Tottenham, scoring 47 goals together, the most ever in the English Premier League (EPL) and the stuff of English legend. Son recently told Football London: “Kane doesn’t make any noise around me. He loves being at Tottenham and I respect and love him as a player, he’s one of the best strikers in the world,” Heung-min said, adding, “The decision (to move to Bayern Munich) is between the club and Kane and we have to respect that decision.” He supported Kane’s choice.스포츠토토
Tottenham begin the 2023-2024 season on Sept. 13 at home to Brentford. Bayern Munich kick off the 2023-2024 season on Sept. 12 against RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup. What jersey will Kane wear this weekend?