English Premier League (EPL) striker Harry Kane has left Tottenham Hotspur to join German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians announced the signing of Kane on their website on Wednesday. The four-year contract runs through June 30, 2027, and he will wear the number nine shirt.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re all happy that he’s pulling on the shirt,” said Bayern Munich president Jahn-Christian Dresden, adding, “He’s been the player we’ve been dreaming of from the beginning.” Kane also expressed his excitement.
“Munich is a world-class club. I’ve always wanted to compete at the highest level and prove myself.”
Kane’s departure was one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window.
The Bavarians have been without a clear replacement since the departure of goalkeeper Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona (Spain) last year. The team’s top scorer last season was Serge Gnabry with 14 goals.
Munich made signing a frontline striker a top priority and identified Kane as the right man for the job. However, it wasn’t easy to finalize the deal.
Munich negotiated with Tottenham for Kane, but were rebuffed three times. They even offered €100 million with add-ons, but Tottenham refused.
However, Munich did not give up and made a fourth offer, which succeeded in changing Spurs’ minds.
While details of the deal have not been released, local media outlets estimate that Munich guaranteed a minimum of €100 million, with options worth €20 million.
The transfer fee that Tottenham could pocket if all of their options are met could be as high as £120 million, according to Football England.
Munich’s investment makes sense. Kane has scored 280 goals in 435 official appearances for Tottenham. He has also scored 213 goals in 320 EPL appearances. That’s second all-time behind Alan Shearer (260). He’s also a three-time top scorer.
Despite his scoring instincts, he has been labeled a “trophyless” player, as he has never won a major trophy in the league, the FA Cup, or the UEFA Champions League.
With 33 Bundesliga titles, 20 DFB-Pokal titles, and 10 Super Cups, Munich is the most decorated team on the German stage and the perfect fit to quench Kane’s championship thirst.
Kane’s departure also marks the end of one of the best duos in the EPL.
In eight seasons together at Tottenham, Son and Kane have combined for 47 goals. Heung-min scored 24 and Kane 23.먹튀검증
Kane’s partnership with Son ended, but he was joined at Munich by Kim Min-jae, who went on to become one of the best defenders in Europe.