Bayern Munich’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has denied claims linking them with a potential move to sign Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward Harry Kane.
Munich lost their star striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £42.5million earlier this summer (Marca) and speculation over a potential move was only fuelled by manager Julian Nagelsmann when he admitted Kane would thrive in Germany (Goal).
Kane will see his current contract with Spurs expire in 2024, and he is said to be open to the prospect of negotiating with his club over an extension. That being said, both parties are willing to take it slow and are in no rush to speed up things, even with the Bayern reports (90min).
Salihamidzic has revealed that there is no truth to the reported and has refuted those claims by labelling them to be mere paper talk while also revealing their plan to continue without a proper number nine, just as Manchester City and Liverpool have played in recent years.
Speaking to Suddeutsche Zeitung, Salihamidzic said: “These are rumours. We’re going a different way for now. Manchester City and Liverpool have been successful for years without a nine. We could substitute four players of almost the same quality for four positions.”
“So much offensive quality is rare in Europe. It’s now the job of the coach and his team to moderate that.”
It is quite puzzling to see Salihamidzic make this statement when Oliver Kahn himself conveyed how signing Kane is “a dream of the future” (Bild). That’s not all, as Julian Nagelsmann also hinted at how they could decide to target the England international moving forward (The Mirror).
In fact, Bayern were so open with their comments regarding Kane that Antonio Conte had to respond furiously at one point (Sky Sports). Hence, it is difficult to believe Salihamidzic’s words when applying the appropriate context behind the situation that led to this stage.
Even if Kane is ready to discuss a potential new deal, we must be on our toes at all times to prevent a worst-case scenario from happening in the future. The 28-year-old has shown time and time again how he is integral to the style of play that Conte is trying to impose at N17.
Kane’s ability to create opportunities while simultaneously being someone who can chip in with goals has made him one of the top strikers in world football. Keeping hold of him is important to ensure that we have the best chance at finding success with Conte being at the helm.