Bayern Munich buoyant over Harry Kane deal

AFP , Sunday 16 Jul 2023

Bayern Munich's honorary president Uli Hoeness has expressed confidence that England captain Harry Kane will join the German giants from Tottenham Hotspur.

Harry Kane
England s Harry Kane celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2024 group C qualifying soccer match between England and North Macedonia at Old Trafford in Manchester, Monday June 19, 2023. AFP

Kane "has clearly signalled in all conversations that his decision (to join Bayern this summer) has been taken and if he sticks to that, then we'll get him because Tottenham will have to give way", Hoeness told reporters late Saturday.

It has been reported that Bayern have agreed personal terms with Kane, but an initial 70-million-euro ($76-million) bid was rejected by Spurs who are said to be demanding at least 100 million euros to part with their talismanic striker who has been included in the London club's squad for their pre-season Asia-Pacific tour.

The German champions are said to be intent on securing the signing of England's record scorer, whose contract with Spurs runs out in 2024.

Kane's camp is believed to have approved the move, but Bayern need an agreement on a transfer fee with Tottenham to seal the transfer.

Hoeness said Kane "wants to play in an international competition and Tottenham are not qualified next season" for Europe "unlike our club".

The striker "now has the chance to come play for one of the best clubs in Europe", added Hoeness, member of a Bayern committee overseeing this summer's recruitment alongside Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Jan-Christian Dreesen and coach Thomas Tuchel.

Hoeness admitted that negotiating with Spurs president Daniel Levy was not easy.

Levy, he said, is "intelligent and we first have to get him to a stage where he will figure out an amount" for the transfer.

"He is trying to buy time, he is a seasoned professional, I appreciate him a lot. But on the other hand, we weren't born yesterday."

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