On Friday, we brought you the exciting “news” from Don Balon that all the numbers were in place for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham and join Real Madrid.
As you can tell, we didn’t take it all that seriously, as that’s the kind of attitude you have to take when dealing with the Spanish outlet, renowned for their rather, how do we put this, eccentric claims.
Still, we have to cover them because certain outlets do quote them as if they’re a reliable source of information, so here’s the latest on the Harry Kane saga.
On Monday, Don Balon go a bit further than Friday’s article, now claiming the England international has a ‘pact’ with Florentino Pérez regarding a move to Spain.
However, and this is awfully nice of him, he wants to prioritise a future at Tottenham, to whom he feels obligated, and will only leave on one condition: if they don’t make the Champions League next year.
Since they were recently knocked out of the competition by an experienced Juventus side, that means finishing in the top four, a position they are currently in, sitting third, one point ahead of fourth placed Liverpool, and five ahead of Chelsea in fifth.
So far, it’s bad news for Real Madrid.
There’s also the ultimatum that a deal will need to be done before the start of the World Cup, which Don Balon label as a ‘key date’, probably due to the fact his already elevated price could surge even further with some good performances in Russia.
The Spanish website, for some reason, mention Pep Guardiola as well, but with no other mention of Manchester City, we’re not entirely sure why he’s been thrown into the mix.
Perhaps for SEO purposes?
There were a few claims back in February, from Diario Gol, that Manchester City were prepared to rival Real Madrid for Kane, but that seemed a bit over the top, what with Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus already at the club.