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Transfer Talk: Kane’s trophy hunt may force him to spurn Spurs



Harry Kane became Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer on Sunday, netting his 267th strike against Manchester City to secure a 1-0 Premier League win.

The world-class talisman will turn 30 in July and is likely to be considering his future at Spurs, having failed to lift a trophy with the club.

Chairman Daniel Levy will be keen to hand the England captain a contract extension beyond 2024, but Kane may be unwilling to sign if there are no signs of imminent success with the North Londoners.

Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich are reportedly keeping tabs on the seasoned finisher, yet it is unclear whether Levy would be willing to negotiate a deal.

Ahead of Spurs’ trip to Leicester on Saturday, we take a look at the options available to Kane this summer.

Biting the bullet

At this moment, the most likely outcome is that Kane will remain at Spurs for at least another year.

Sitting fifth in the table, in the FA Cup fifth round and the Champions League last 16, there is plenty of reasons for optimism at the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium.

When the academy graduate appeared to try to force through a move to City in 2021, it had seemed impossible that the talisman would ever contemplate extending his deal.

However, the beloved No10 delivered an emotional speech to Spurs supporters at the weekend and showed no indications of wanting to depart his boyhood club.

Reports have emerged to suggest that it would take a bid of £100million for Antonio Conte’s outfit to even contemplate letting Kane leave.

But as it stands, the Walthamstow native is adamant that he is not thinking about the future and is only focused on delivering Tottenham’s first trophy since 2008.

Only Wayne Rooney stands between the two gifted finishers but with the 29-year-old only eight behind Rooney’s tally, it is conceivable he will consolidate second place by the end of the season, with sights set on top spot before 2025.

With the Tottenham club record now in his possession, Kane could of course climb the league’s goalscoring summit at a rival club.

Joining Erik ten Hag’s resurgent Red Devils may give Kane both personal accolades and trophies, but at the risk of losing the love and respect he has built up across more than 12 years in Spurs’ first team.

Playing it safe

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have also been linked with Kane and are yet to find a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

Moving to Germany would allow Kane to undoubtedly challenge for top prizes and incur less acrimony from Tottenham fans. 

Julian Nagelsmann’s tactical setup should appeal, with flying wingers Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane producing the opportunities currently offered up to forwards Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller.

Recent reports indicate that a foreign side would be able to pay less for Kane’s services as they are not a Premier League rival, with the Bavarians valuing the finisher at up to £80m.

Kane may forfeit the Premier League goalscoring record by sanctioning a move, but if it is silverware he covets most, then there are not too many better places to find yourself than FCB.

Kane spoke after the win against City but kept his cards close to his chest when it came to discussing his future.

He said: “I’m just here to perform every game and give my all for the badge. We will see what happens but I’m concentrating on this season.

“We’ve got the FA Cup and Champions League coming up and we’re in a good position in the league to really try and push forward so that’s what I’m concentrating on.

“It’s been an amazing journey. I’ve been here since I was 11 years old, it’s 18 years of my life, a lot of hard work and dedication.

“I’m extremely proud to represent this club and score 267 goals for them and 200 Premier League goals for them is something I’ll never take for granted. I’ve just got to keep it going, score as many as I can and see what happens from there.”

Kane will relish the prospect of facing the Foxes next — he has scored 20 goals against the East Midlanders, more than any other side he has faced.

And while it will present another chance to add to his goal tally, much greater opportunities may lie around the corner.

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Jordan Ayew equals John Paintsil’s Ghana record



After earning his 91st appearance against the Central African Republic in the final round of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Jordan Ayew hit a significant milestone in his Ghanaian career.

The 31-year-old gained further honors when he assumed leadership of the team in the absence of his brother Andre Ayew. He entered Ghana’s encounter with his head held high after winning the Crystal Palace Player of the Month award for August.

Mohammed Kudus’ outstanding free-kick goal and Ernest Nuamah’s late goal for the Black Stars—who was making only his second appearance—in the 88th minute helped Ghana, led by Jordan Ayew, come from behind to defeat their opponents 2-1.

In terms of Ghanaian internationals with the most outings, Jordan Ayew is now tied for fourth place with Andre Ayew (114), Asamoah Gyan (109), and Richard Kingson (93).

The former Olympique Marseille player declared after the game that he was prepared to raise his total with other contests.

He added, “I still have games left to play.”

Ayew, who has played for the squad consistently since his debut in 2010, has scored 19 goals and is expected to play a bigger role in Ghana’s upcoming games, including those in the 2026 World Cup qualifications and the 2023 AFCON competition, which will take place in Ivory Coast next year.

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Neymar claims Saudi league could top Ligue 1 already



According to Brazilian captain Neymar, the football league in Saudi Arabia may already be more competitive than Ligue 1 in France.

The 31-year-old attacker left Paris Saint-Germain in August for approximately £77.5 million with add-ons for the Saudi Pro League.

In a transfer window that saw Saudi teams spend more than £700 million on foreign players, Neymar signed with Al-Hilal.

I wouldn’t be astonished if the Saudi league is superior to the French, he remarked, given the names that were sent to Saudi Arabia.

According to data from the football governing organization Fifa, Saudi clubs’ spending on foreign agreements this summer was second only to the Premier League, whose teams spent just under £1.6bn on foreign transactions.

Although Al-Ittihad was unable to lure Mohamed Salah away from Liverpool, other Premier League players, including Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho, moved to Saudi Arabia.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, Georginio Wijnaldum of PSG, and Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich were also courted by Saudi clubs.

Marcelo Brozovic, the captain of Inter Milan in the Champions League final, Franck Kessie of Barcelona, Jota of Celtic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio are among more players who have made the move to the Saudi Pro League.

A brand-new transfer world record might have also occurred. After making a £259 million offer, PSG allowed Al-Hilal to speak with Kylian Mbappe. However, the forward chose to stay with the French champions, and Neymar was instead sold.

Although Neymar’s tenure in Paris was limited by ankle ailments after transferring from Barcelona for a record sum of £200 million in 2017, he assisted PSG in winning five Ligue 1 championships.

While representing Brazil internationally, Neymar said: “I can promise you that Saudi Arabian football is the same. We have goalposts, and the ball is spherical.

“There is no mystery. There, we practice hard because we still have a strong desire to win.

“I want Al-Hilal to win championships. Not much has changed.

Saudi Pro League, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, poses a greater threat than not.
The Saudi deadline, which ended over a week after the top leagues in Europe, drew criticism from a number of Premier League managers.

Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, stated last week that the Saudi Pro League felt more dangerous than not. According to Klopp, it’s important to “protect the game and ensure that European leagues remain as strong as they are.”

Henderson, a staunch ally of the LGBTQ+ community, claimed that criticism of his transfer had “really hurt” him.

Given that same-sex sexual conduct is prohibited in Saudi Arabia, some LGBTQ+ activists have questioned his decision.

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Richard Ofori and Jordan Ayew train with the Black Stars in Kumasi



Prior to their upcoming encounter against Central African Republic (CAR), Black Stars teammates Richard Ofori and Jordan Ayew arrived in Kumasi in time for their team’s first training session.

After landing in Kumasi, the team held their first practice at the Baba Yara Stadium with 24 players present (Joseph Paintsil was not there).

when previously reported by DEK360ghana, the squad held its first practice on Monday in Accra with only approximately 12 players present. However, most of the players eventually joined when they traveled from the capital to Kumasi.

While his teammates continue to train in Kumasi in preparation for the crucial encounter, Paintsil is the only unfit player who is considered present in Accra.

However, because the event was intended to be private, access to the Baba Yara Stadium was refused to both media and spectators.

As the pivotal game in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier approaches, the team is slated to hold another practice that will likely be accessible to the media.

Ghana must either win or draw to qualify for the tournament, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast’s neighbors the following year, while CAR must win in order to advance.

The game kicks off on Thursday at the Baba Yara Stadium at 16:00GMT

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