Harry Kane warned Spurs of Bayern Munich move months ago in forgotten chat with Man Utd legend
Harry Kane had already told fans he would prioritise trophies over the Premier League goalscoring record.
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Spurs have accepted an £86.4 million bid from the German giants for the striker who has scored 280 goals for the club, where he has been since the age of 11.
Kane is the North London's club all-time record goalscorer and has just one year left on his contract, meaning that Daniel Levy was forced to cash in now rather than face the prospect of a player of such calibre leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Supporters had been hoping that Kane would choose to stay at the club and work under new manager Ange Postecoglou with just 48 goals left to break Alan Shearer's Premier League record.
However, Kane appears to have chosen to seek pastures new in a bid for his first professional trophy, but he has been hinting at that for a while now.
Speaking with Man Utd legend Gary Neville on The Overlap in May, Kane shared his desire for trophies and to be considered alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, rather than chasing down Premier League records.
Kane said: "I'm not afraid to say that I want to be the best. I'm not afraid to say that I want to get on the level that Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi got onto.
"That's my ultimate goal, to be winning trophies season-in, season-out and scoring 50-60 goals season-in, season-out. If I give myself anything lower then when I get to the end of my career I might feel like I could've given a little bit more, scored a few more goals."
Kane is expected to complete the move to Bayern Munich 'imminently', according to Postecoglu. Spurs begin their Premier League campaign against Brentford at the Community Stadium on Sunday at 2 pm.
Postecoglou said of Kane’s pending departure: “I didn’t see the point in that [trying to convince Harry Kane to stay], whatever I was going to say was going to irrelevant.
“My feeling was that we’ll get to know each other and that would be the best way to navigate the early relationship. Having said that, in my mind I thought he’d already decided to go after the first conversation. I tried to treat him with the respect his standing deserves.
“I don’t get frustrated by these things. I’ve been involved in the negotiations side but it’s never a simple process. Harry Kane is one of the greats of this football club and there must have been some torment inside.
“While it would have been great to have it sorted earlier I always through it was going to be borderline. The one thing I was clear on was going into the first game with stuff undecided. It has happened, hopefully we’ll have confirmation over the next couple of hours.
“I don’t need assurances. Nothing has changed from when I started. We’ve had a clear idea about bringing in players to bolster the squad in the right areas. Moving players out is still a big part of what we need to do so we’ll see how that unfolds.”