Inside Harry Kane transfer talks with Bayern Munich to make Spurs record offer

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Inside Harry Kane transfer talks with Bayern Munich to make Spurs record offer
Inside Harry Kane transfer talks with Bayern Munich to make Spurs record offer

Bayern Munich's pursuit of Harry Kane continued on Monday as further talks were held with Tottenham's Daniel Levy.

Widely acknowledged as one of football's hardest negotiators, the German giants are looking to strike a deal with the chairman, who knows he cannot allow Kane to leave on a free in 12 months time. At this stage there has been no noise about the striker signing a new deal.

It means his departure this summer is as likely as it's ever been and Tottenham want to maximise their profit, although that is made harder by his contract situation. Bayern need to bolster their forward ranks having failed to replace Robert Lewandowski last term, with Sadio Mane having flopped badly in Bavaria.

They remain on top in Germany following a crazy final day but they and Thomas Tuchel want to be competitive in Europe once more. Kane can aid that ambition, which would also see him be in serious contention for the silverware he so badly craves.

We take a deep dive into Bayern's latest attempt and landing the England international, who scored 30 Premier League goals last term.

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Jetting in, no deal ever on the cards

Bayern executives Jan-Christian Dreesen and Marco Neppe flew into London for talks on Monday - after their plans on Thursday were derailed by an online leak.

The delegates dined in the English capital but no deal was agreed, not that that was an expectation from those from Munich that they would get one there and then. They've maintained a line of communication, which they see as key. Levy is much more willing to sell Kane to a team overseas, rather than a direct rival... namely Manchester United.

As a result the negotiations with Bayern suit him if he does, indeed, have to accept defeat in his desire to keep Kane, who last year became Tottenham's all-time record goalscorer.

Inside Harry Kane transfer talks with Bayern Munich to make Spurs record offerHarry Kane could leave Tottenham this summer (Chloe Knott/Getty Images)

Difference in valuation, fresh bid

Bayern are ready to make Kane their new record-signing. They've already seen two bids rejected by the north Londoners and, unlike some of their European rivals, Bayern are not renowned for spending astronomical fees on players.

Levy still wants £100m for Kane, a player who has just turned 30. Bayern are not ready to hit that figure, but are set to make a serious jump and offer £90m. According to the Daily Mail, they believe would be enough to tempt Tottenham into selling.

The German club are ready to hand Kane a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena. Elite Strikers in recent years have begun to peak in their 30s, Lewandowski and Karim Benzema among them, with Kane seemingly getting better year-on-year too.

Inside Harry Kane transfer talks with Bayern Munich to make Spurs record offerDaniel Levy is looking to maximise Harry Kane's fee (Getty Images)

Positive feeling, Tottenham's replacement

Dreesen and Neppe landed back in Germany at 7.10pm on Monday night and the pair were positive about their discussions with Tottenham and Levy as optimism grows that a deal can be done. Kane himself is interested in the move, which also plays into Bayern's hand.

Tottenham's assessing of replacements also highlights how realistic they are about Kane's exit. Bayern's own Mathys Tel has been mentioned as a man who could go the other way, though he isn't overly keen on a switch, whilst Gift Orban of Genk is another man on Tottenham's shortlist.

Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson is also a man they're considering with the Midlands club conscious that they need to remain FFP compliant and may have to sell the forward. Steve Cooper's side want £50m for the player - although Tottenham will not pay that amount but are open to a middle ground.

New Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has had to deal with questions about Kane's future ever since arriving and is keen for there to be a resolution. The Australian will want a replacement if Kane does leave before the season opener at Brentford on August 13.

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