TalkSport pundit and former Premier League chairman Simon Jordan has given his thoughts on Daniel Levy following the apparent conclusion of the Harry Kane transfer battle at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Kane saga seemed never-ending over the course of the summer, with various outlets throwing out contrasting reports about the England captain. Some were suggesting he was potentially leaving, whilst others hinted that he was potentially going to stay. It was all recently brought to an end, for this summer at least, when Kane took to social media to confirm that he will not be leaving this window.
Throughout the summer, the reported vibe coming from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been that he would refuse to sell Kane, and by hook or by crook, he has managed to get his wish.
Speaking about the matter on TalkSport, Jordan discussed the impact that Levy had on the saga and what he would have done if he was in his position:
“Who’s won, really and truly? I have to say, if I was Daniel Levy and I could get £125m for Harry Kane, I might have pushed the envelope to see if I can meet in the middle between £150m and £125m because I couldn’t help myself. And that’s a deal that I would want to keep pushing for.
“But I would have taken the money and looked at rebuilding Tottenham without necessarily Kane, who I do believe – and I know people are not going to like this – I believe he’s a diminishing force.”
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‘Diminishing’ certainly isn’t a word that would fit Kane after his performances last season, in which he led the league in both goals and assists, and at 28, it’s certainly hard to imagine that age will start to be a factor in his game any time soon.
But Levy should be praised for his attitude in all of this, because he has managed to hold firm in the face of requests from both Kane and Manchester City throughout the summer and held onto his best player at the end of it. Whether or not he’ll be able to hold out again in transfer windows to come, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Because whilst Kane said he was going to be staying at Spurs this summer, that doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of this circus playing itself out again in the January transfer window, or even next summer.