Harry Kane granted approval from Tottenham to join Bayern Munich

The 30-year-old striker is set to leave for Germany this morning, with medicals and the signing of a four-year contract due by Bayern Munich today.

Kane is expected to wear the number 9 shirt after agreeing Thursday night to join the Bundesliga champions.

Harry Kane to Bayern – insight and analysis

earlier in the day, the athlete It reported that Tottenham had accepted a bid of more than €100m (£86.4m, $110m) from Bayern.

The England captain wanted to seal his future before Tottenham’s Premier League season kicks off on Sunday, which sees them face Brentford.

Keane has been leaning towards staying at his boyhood club, enjoying life under new manager Ange Postecoglou. But in the end, the promise of a new challenge at Bayern Munich was too strong.

The striker was out for the last 12 months of his contract and Tottenham wanted to tie him up on new terms.

However, there was no progress on this, leading the club to make the very difficult decision to sell their talisman rather than lose him for a free next summer.

Bayern saw three offers to buy Kane rejected, the first in June, before making a breakthrough on Wednesday.

Kane was always reluctant to embark on a move once the 2023-24 campaign got underway and Postecoglou’s early influence encouraged him.

He played a full part in Tottenham’s summer tour to Australia and Singapore before scoring four goals in a 5-1 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday in what will now be the club’s final.

Postecoglou admitted after that match that he had been in an “open dialogue” with Keane and the club over a possible substitution, but warned of the need for a result soon for the sake of all parties.

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Kane would go on to be Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer having scored 280 goals in 435 appearances.

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Ornstein: A long story, but it ends in sight

David Ornstein, speaking on The Daily Football Briefing Podcast

“Kane had to make a massive decision, because it had become clear in recent days that he was really leaning towards staying with Tottenham and this created a number of hours of uncertainty, speculation, rumors and gossip.

Ultimately, late Thursday evening UK time, it became clear that Kane had now agreed to join Bayern Munich and that personal terms were in place on a four-year contract. All that remained was for Tottenham to give the go-ahead for Kane to travel to Germany.

“Now it is all about trying to finalize this deal. He is due to be received by Bayern officials, undergo medical examinations and sign a four-year contract that will run until June 2027.

“We should know more details in the coming days in terms of club to club and club to player. There have been all kinds of suggestions about buy-back clauses, potential returns to the Premier League or elsewhere. For now, they’ll just want to get over the last hurdle.” for now and end this protracted saga in an amicable way. The end is in sight.”

Kane’s massive coup for Bayern

German football reporter Raphael Honigstein

“It’s huge. They needed a No. 9. They were in the market for Kane last year but didn’t really get anywhere.”

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“It was seen as very ambitious to come back for him but they pulled it off. They have the money and Kane is probably more transferable than some reports in the British media have suggested, but it is still quite an achievement to sign the potential top scorer in the Premier League.” All-time top scorer for England, at a time when the Premier League was the most dominant league in the world.

“Bayern struggled last year without a centre-forward – that would have set their minds on signing the No. 9. Not only was his signing in the Champions League knockout stages, but the Champions League going to be the main story and there is anticipation that Bayern will move from being in the mix to being in the mix. A more serious competitor, as they were in the Pep Guardiola years. They’ve given themselves a much better chance now.”

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A view from Tottenham: Kane means everything

Tottenham Hotspur reporter Tim Spiers

“I’m not sure the impact of this can be underestimated, certainly from the fans’ point of view. He is arguably the greatest player in their history.
“He is their captain, their talisman, their top scorer, their first maker, their first line of defence, their heartbeat.

“Last season was the most miserable and soulless season Tottenham have had in many years, yet Kane still scored 30 goals in a terrible team. He means everything to the people of Tottenham.

The club have made clever additions this summer but how do you replace those targets? They have the Brazilian number 9 as a back-up. Richarlison has never come close to Kane’s level but there is a school of thought that fits Postecoglou’s style well.

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“The issue they will have is that everyone knows their budgets and now there is a desperate scramble; the last few weeks of the window are the worst time to try to buy players.

“Tottenham fans will remember that when they sold Gareth Bale, they bought quite a few duds and wasted that money. The hope is that Tottenham have had all summer and will have plans in place.”

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