According to reports from The Daily Mail, Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Since becoming a regular in the Spurs’ starting Xi just over twelve months ago, the 22-year-old has emerged as arguably the most exciting home-grown prospect on show in the Premier League.
He finished last season as the division’s top scoring Englishman with 21 goals in 34 appearances and has continued in a similar fashion this year, netting eight times in 13 league outings. The 6 foot 2 forward’s England career is going strong as well, with three goals and eight caps since his debut against Lithuania in March, and he’s certain to make Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 barring injury.
The Chingford-born striker’s meteoric rise hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Premier League’s top clubs. Manchester United were courting him during the summer, although aware that a deal was unlikely, and were linked again last month with reports of a £50million-£60million bid.
AAccording to The Daily Mail, Premier League champions Chelsea now have Kane in their transfer crosshairs as well, amid doubts over Diego Costa’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge. The Spain international has struggled to live up to the heights of his debut season, netting just four times across all competitions thus far, and reportedly had a bust-up with Jose Mourinho at half-time during their 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday night.
Kane’s home-grown status is particularly appealing to a club that has only two Englishmen in their preferred starting line-up, John Terry and Gary Cahill, who will both be 30 years of age or older by the end of the season.
But Tottenham’s bid for Champions League qualification has gained momentum with every passing Premier League fixture – they’re currently fourth in the form guide and haven’t lost a league game since the opening day of the season – and Chelsea know they resultantly have no chance of prizing Kane away in January.
Instead, the west Londoners are planning a bid for the end of the season, when they will be expected to attack the market after failing to add to their starting Xi during the last summer window. Spurs meet the Blues in the Premier League this Sunday, allowing Mourinho a first-hand inspection of the Three Lions starlet.