Chelsea are believed to be close to capturing the surprise signature of England striker Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
Kane, 21, made a goalscoring debut for England against Lithuania on Friday, coming off the bench to score after just 78 seconds, and his blistering record in front of goal has persuaded Chelsea top brass to lodge a bid for him. A fee of around £20m has been agreed and while Kane initially expressed doubts about his playing time, he has received a personal guarantee from Blues boss Jose Mourinho that should he sign on the dotted line, he will receive ample opportunity to impress the Stamford Bridge faithful.
“Not many people saw this coming within the club, but it’s a move that makes sense”, said a senior Chelsea source. “Didier Drogba is 37, leaving us with just Diego [Costa] and Loic [Remy] as our striking options for next year. Plus, him being English keeps our homegrown quotas up for naming our 25-man squad.”
With Kane’s arrival apparently imminent, word has it Patrick Bamford will be joining a Premier League side on loan after impressing again during his spell at Middlesbrough, scoring 16 goals in 36 games so far this season. It is hoped Boro will get promoted, who are managed by Jose’s former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka, so the promising Bamford can continue his development in the top tier at the Riverside until at least January 2016 before competing for a spot at Chelsea. Should the Kane move fall through however, Bamford will stay at Stamford Bridge and act as third choice behind Costa and Remy.
Neither club are expected to officially comment on the impending deal until after the season has finished, so as not to distract the young England man from his duties at Tottenham, as well as a possible berth in Gareth Southgate’s Under-21 side for the upcoming European Championships in the summer.
Of course, Tottenham have pedigree in signing players and shipping them on for big profits, with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric both joining in recent times for hefty prices. However, Real Madrid was the destination for those two, so it is something of a surprise that Daniel Levy has sanctioned the move to a Premier League rival. It is not sure who Spurs will have lined up to replace their main man, however Juventus’ Fernando Llorente is an early contender for a move. Chelsea fans will care not a jot though, as the young man who has made waves all season is close to lining up in Blue in the summer.