Harry Kane finally made his final decision on Wednesday. It’s one that could come back to bite Liverpool next summer.
The Harry Kane decision is in – he’s staying with Tottenham Hotspur this season. Or ‘this summer’ as he puts it. That does appear to leave the door open for January but maybe we’re just cynical.
His overall reasoning behind this isn’t exactly clear. Everyone knows Manchester City had/have real interest in him and that they were willing to pay a huge fee.
So has Kane decided he just can’t leave? Or have City simply decided he’s unattainable?
We just don’t know. What we do know, however, is that this one might come back to bite Liverpool.
Harry Kane makes his decision
We sort of wanted City to get Kane. If only because Liverpool definitely weren’t signing him.
So if City are going to sign a striker, we’d rather it were someone they aren’t beating Liverpool to. Kane fit that profile.
But now they’re still on the market for a striker and that may well carry into 2022. A big deal and hefty contract for Kane would have kept City out of that market for years.
Much as Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku has done, for instance.
Next summer promises to be a big one for Liverpool, though. Their forward line is moving into their 30s and replacing them is key. That almost certainly means bringing in a striker at some point.
And there are some good ones available. Erling Haaland could be up for grabs and there are some tips that Liverpool could get him.
But that becomes far more difficult if City are also in the market for a striker. They’ll want the best available, much as Liverpool would do, and we know they have more money to throw about.
City not signing Kane will likely leave Liverpool with less pulling-power next summer, then. Instead of being one of the few clubs in the market, they’ll compete against rich rivals.
We wouldn’t say Kane to City would have been ‘good’ for Liverpool but it’s a decision that might come back to bite them.