Tottenham do not have a straight-forward buy-back clause for Harry Kane amid doubt over whether he would even consider returning while Daniel Levy remains at the club.
The prospect of Kane one day making a sensational return to Spurs was raised on Tuesday night after chairman Levy confirmed to fans that the club secured a buy-back clause in the deal that saw the striker move to Bayern Munich earlier this year.
However, since Levy’s public declaration multiple sources have indicated to Mail Sport that while there is a mechanism that could open the door to Spurs re-signing Kane, it is believed the facility is not a simple buy back clause.
Sources claim that the clause provides Tottenham with the first option on Kane if he was ever to return to the Premier League, while there is also not believed to be a fixed price meaning Spurs would still need to negotiate a fee with Bayern. Tottenham nor Kane’s representatives are confirming the details of the clause.
More pertinently, however, there is doubt over whether Kane would even consider returning to north London while Levy remains at the helm.
Mail Sport understands that Tottenham do not have a straight-forward buy-back clause for England captain Harry Kane – who secured a £100million move to Bayern Munich this summer
Club chairman Daniel Levy (R) claimed Spurs had a buy-back clause in place at a fans forum
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Heading into the summer transfer window, Tottenham had lost their grip on Kane’s future because the 30-year-old had entered the final 12 months of his contract.
That meant the prospect of Kane leaving on a free transfer in 2024 was emerging a genuine possibility – but one Levy was desperate to avoid given the forward’s huge value.
Ideally, Spurs wanted Kane to sign a new contract to avoid that scenario but the striker showed no inclination of wanting to re-commit.
As a result, it is claimed Levy became increasingly difficult in his approach to sanctioning Kane’s departure as it became clear that his only two options were to sell or lose him for nothing next summer.
When Levy finally sanctioned Kane’s switch to Bayern, it is claimed the Spurs chairman pushed back on parts of the deal that Kane and the Bundesliga club believed were agreed.
That led to the striker having to miss his originally scheduled flight to Germany, causing a delay in the deal being finalised.
In addition, Kane was blocked from re-entering Spurs’ Enfield HQ in the hours leading up to his departure, though the club insist this was because it would have been inappropriate for the striker to be part of a training session after the club had accepted a fee.
All that is believed to have left relations between Kane and Levy strained.
It’s believed that Kane’s strained relationship with Levy would be a serious obstacle in the event that Spurs wanted to launch a sensational return bid
Kane came through Tottenham’s academy before leaving the club as their all-time top scorer
Kane is fully focused on his new club career with Bayern as he looks to finally win his first winners’ medals.
The striker will also lead England’s tilt at winning their first major trophy since 1966 at Euro 2024 next year.
But with Kane just 48 goals away from breaking Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League record of 260, the expectations has always been for the ex-Tottenham striker to return to England’s top-flight one day.
However, as things stand, the frosting of relations between Levy and Kane would provide a significant hurdle towards any future return to Spurs for the striker.
Meanwhile, in his appearance at a Spurs fans forum on Tuesday, chairman Levy has hinted that appointing has admitted that appointing ‘trophy managers’ Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte was a mistake.
Levy sacked both high-profile bosses – and Nuno Espirito Santo – before appointing Ange Postecoglou earlier this summer.
The striker is fully focused on his new career with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy (pictured) has admitted it was a ‘mistake’ to appoint Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte
And speaking to supporters when asked about the appointments, Levy – who didn’t mention Conte or Mourinho by name – responded: ‘I want to win as much as everybody else, but the frustration of not winning and the pressure from maybe some players and from a large element of the fanbase, that we need to win, we need to spend money, we need to have a big manager, we need to have a big name, it affected me.
‘I had gone through a period where we’d almost won. With Mauricio [Pochettino] we went through some very good times. We didn’t quite get there but we came very close and we had a change in strategy.
‘The strategy was let’s bring in a trophy manager. We did it twice and look you have to learn from your mistakes. They’re great managers but maybe not for this club.
‘We want to play in a certain way and if that means it has to take a little bit longer to win maybe it’s the right thing for us. That’s why bringing Ange [Postecoglou] in was from my point of view the right decision.’
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