Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could soon be heading out of the White Hart Lane exit door, according to former Sky Sports presenter and pundit Richard Keys.
Keys wrote in his personal blog that he expects the Spurs front man to join Manchester United in the not-too-distant future due to a contract dispute (h/t Jamie Styles of the Daily Star).
Kane may well be under contract in north London until 2020, but Keys believes that unless the powers-that-be dig deep in their pockets and offer him an improved deal, Manchester United will pounce:
“Kane has three-and-a-half years left on his deal, but there'll be a break clause in it. For what he's contributing at Spurs he's seriously underpaid. Would you believe [Moussa] Sissoko earns more? Manchester United are aware and want Kane.”
The England international has proved in recent weeks just how important he is to Mauricio Pochettino’s side. When he was sidelined through injury, Spurs looked a little lost going forward; when he came back, however, it was a different story.
Tottenham relied on two late Kane goals to see off West Ham United at White Hart Lane earlier this month, and the 23-year-old also struck in the Champions League at Monaco in midweek.
Keeping their hands on the striker will be of the utmost importance to Tottenham, so the sooner they tie him down to a new and improved deal, the better.
Elsewhere, Tottenham are reportedly set to face stiff competition in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Isco from Barcelona.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barca are keen on bringing Isco to the Camp Nou on a free transfer when his deal expires in 2018 (via Joe Short of the Daily Express).
Short writes that Real Madrid aren’t likely to offer the 24-year-old a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Barcelona are waiting in the wings ready to offer him a contract.
However, Madrid are unlikely to let Isco leave for one of their main La Liga rivals, which opens the door for Tottenham to swoop.
Spurs could land the Spaniard for a cut-price deal in the summer, with Real keen to not let him leave for free.
Tottenham may have suffered Champions League heartbreak in the group stages, but they’re still in the race for the Premier League title.
Keeping hold of their prize assets and making wise investments will be all-important factors come the midnight hour.
Spurs are back in action against the improving Swansea City when the Premier League returns next weekend, before a tough trip to Old Trafford to take on Kane’s suitors Manchester United the following week.