Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich have finally reached an agreement over the transfer fee for Harry Kane after a summer of negotiations. Bayern’s proposal of over €100m (£86.4m) has been accepted by Spurs, and now it’s up to Kane to decide whether he wants to stay in north London or move to the German giants.
In other news, Premier League managers are holding their final pre-season press conferences to provide team updates ahead of the new campaign, which starts on Friday. Fans who are finalizing their Fantasy Premier League line-ups will be eagerly awaiting these updates, as managers like Pep Guardiola, Vincent Kompany, Sean Dyche, and Steve Cooper address the press.
Elsewhere, there are ongoing transfer rumors, with West Ham and Monaco emerging as main competitors for Folarin Balogun. These two clubs are capable of meeting Arsenal’s £40m-plus asking price, while Balogun’s preference had been to join one of the Milan clubs, particularly Inter. However, Inter cannot match the fee, leading to the interest from West Ham and Monaco.
As for Harry Kane’s future, he will now have to make a decision between staying at Tottenham or moving to Bayern Munich. While there were reports that Kane was leaning towards staying, his greatest ambition is said to be joining Manchester United. However, United has not entered discussions with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, leaving Bayern free to negotiate a deal. It is understood that Spurs will receive over £80m up front, with the potential for the fee to exceed £110m with additional clauses.
In terms of Fantasy Premier League, there are some key goalkeeper picks to consider for the upcoming season. Ederson from Manchester City is a safe option, while Emi Martinez from Aston Villa offers consistency and clean-sheet potential. Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal is also worth considering due to his recent performance in the Community Shield match against Manchester City. Additionally, Mark Flekken of Brentford and Jason Steele of Brighton could be valuable additions to any FPL team.
Moving on to defenders, Trent Alexander-Arnold from Liverpool is a must-have for those looking for attacking points. He has excelled in a new role and has been appointed as vice-captain at Anfield. Manchester United’s Luke Shaw is also a strong choice, especially with the signing of goalkeeper Andre Onana. Pervis Estupinan from Brighton and Pedro Porro from Tottenham are other defenders to consider for the new season.
Liverpool has reportedly outbid Chelsea for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. Chelsea’s bid of £75m plus add-ons was rejected, and now Liverpool has entered the race. However, Caicedo is said to prefer a move to Stamford Bridge. This situation has prompted Chelsea to pursue Southampton’s Romeo Lavia as their backup midfield target.
Finally, the Premier League may have to scrap its mid-season break due to the overcrowding of the football calendar. With FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup and a larger-scale World Cup in the coming years, there may not be enough time for a mid-season break.