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Unlike this time last year, there is no talk of Kane leaving Spurs, a reflection of their impressive progress under Antonio Conte and a new sense of ambition at the club (as well as a lack of obvious suitors).
Kane is entering the final two years of his contract but, as reported by Standard Sport last week, is understood to be open to discussions over a new deal — provided Conte is backed and Spurs appear in a position to win the trophies he craves.
For the club, capitalising on this position of strength to tie down Kane is paramount, because a year from now the situation will obviously look very different. If Kane’s stock is high today, in summer 2023 there is every chance it will be even higher.
In the next 12 months, he will surely become the record goalscorer for club and country (he is 18 short of Jimmy Greaves’s Spurs record and needs just five to overhaul Wayne Rooney) and have captained England at a World Cup, where they are among the favourites to lift the trophy.
The hope is that Kane will also have finally won a club trophy but, failing that, he should have an even better season than the one just gone as part of a squad better equipped to seriously challenge for honours.
It feels like a potentially defining period for Kane, who has honed his game under three elite coaches in Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and now Conte, and appears to have moved beyond the ankle problems which disrupted his career.
If Kane is entering the final year of his contract at the end of next season, with his profile potentially higher than ever, he would hold all the aces in talks with the club, meaning now is the time for Spurs to make him an offer that he cannot refuse. Spurs need no reminding of the potential implications of allowing Kane to enter the final year of his deal but, if there is a warning for the club, it comes from Liverpool.
Sadio Mane’s hopes of leaving Anfield for a fresh challenge this summer have been strengthened by his contract situation, with the Senegalese entering the final year of his deal.
At 30, Mane is the same age Kane will be next summer, and arguably at his peak, but Liverpool are facing the prospect of selling him for a comparative pittance — a £30-40million fee is being mooted — or risking him leaving for nothing in a year.
Similarly, Mohamed Salah is also at risk of being available for free next summer if the Reds cannot agree a fresh deal with him. It is an unenviable position and one in which Spurs could find themselves with Kane if the club fails to strike while the iron is hot.
Now is the time for Tottenham to make Kane an offer that he cannot refuse
Kane’s contract situation therefore feels like both a priority for Spurs this summer and another reason why it is so important for the club to get the rest of their business right.
By building a squad capable of challenging on multiple fronts under Conte, Spurs would be in an even stronger position to convince Kane to commit his future to the club before the balance of power shifts towards the forward.