You can’t help but thinking that this summer spells crunch time for England captain Harry Kane.
While the prolific Tottenham striker aims to inspire the Three Lions to international glory at the delayed European Championships, his future at club level continues to be the subject of widespread speculation.
By the time he leads out England at Wembley for their Group D opener against Croatia, we could have even been handed the biggest clue yet about his transfer stance – amid links with Manchester United and Manchester City.
It was during this most recent international break that Kane, himself, fuelled talk about a possible big-money move away from a club where he scored a staggering 160 goals in the Premier League – in just 219 starts!
When pressed about his Spurs future while on international duty, the frontman, now 27, said: “I think that’s a hard question to answer right now.
“It’s important that all my focus is on the England games coming up now and the rest of the season with Spurs and then the Euros. To be thinking about speculation or rumours would be damaging in terms of my own performance.”
Kane added: “I always like to be focused on one goal and one job and that’s to finish strong with Spurs, win these qualifiers with England and hopefully go on and have a great Euros.
“Look, I try to stay out of that speculation as much as possible. I’m fully focused on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer and then we’ll see where we go from there.”
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True to character, Kane’s comments were dignified and gave little away, but there are two key things to point out ahead of a transfer which, if it goes ahead, would almost certainly rival the record fee paid out or received by clubs in the Premier League.
In terms of his transfer stance, a business-like approach is something that resonates with United’s DNA.
Indeed, his would-be manager at Old Trafford – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – has taken a similar approach when he was asked to speak about Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, another reported summer transfer window target.
Kane’s quotes were typically ‘straight down the line’ – and that is what we have come to expect from a player who, while he has every chance of breaking goalscoring records domestically and on the international front, does so with minimal fuss and a squeaky clean image away from the pitch.
Not just for his productivity in attacking quarters, the England skipper has passed his United character test – some would say with flying colours.
His elite standing in the Premier League, and across world football, is under no doubt.
Indeed, the prospect of a high-profile and big-money summer move simply comes down to one thing; where does Kane see his own future? As the man himself indicates, that’s a tough question to answer right now.
Ultimately, it could depend on the simple fact of whether or not he has a Carabao Cup winners’ medal, or even one from the Euros with England, on his mantle piece come the end of the summer.
Until then, it’s business as usual – and that’s exactly why Kane would be the perfect fit for United.