Tottenham forward Harry Kane has hinted at a move to Manchester City as speculation mounts over his future, calling the champions’ star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne a “striker’s dream”.
Meanwhile Man City striker Sergio Aguero has reportedly found his next club, while Leicester will lose two players at the end of the season.
All that and more in today’s Premier League Rumour Mill!
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KANE’S CITY HINT
Kane has reportedly told Spurs he wants to leave at the end of the season and the England captain has been linked with City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Kane has now raised the prospect of a move to Pep Guardiola’s title winners, naming City’s De Bruyne as a perfect teammate.
City are reported to be interested in signing the 27-year-old, but Spurs will not let their talisman go without a fight, especially as he is under contract for the next three years.
Kane is determined to stay in the Premier League and when asked by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville which player would help him score more goals he said: “De Bruyne for sure.
“When I watch De Bruyne play he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest.”
Kane this week told Neville that he doesn’t “want to come to the end of my career and have any regrets”.
Besides City, Kane’s other likely Premier League landing site is Chelsea, whose manager Thomas Tuchel admitted to being heavily interested in the England talisman.
Tuchel said: “If you find any coach around the world who would not like to have Harry Kane in his team, call me.
“I would like to speak with the guy and hear about his ideas of scoring and attacking.
“Everybody loves Harry Kane but let’s be very, very clear. He is a player for Tottenham. He has a long-term contract and we will not get involved in any press conference with any disrespectful comments about that.”
Kane has scored 165 Premier League goals, 95 behind all-time top scorer Alan Shearer, and he wants to topple the former Blackburn and Newcastle striker.
The forward, who has 22 top-flight goals this season, told Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap that injuries were the main threat to his ambition to break the record.
“Of course there’s always the option of maybe moving abroad one day but I don’t think that really interests me in the near future,” he added.
Kane has been involved in two Premier League title races with Spurs, has lost two League Cup finals, and was on the defeated side in the 2019 Champions League final.
The forward admits the club missed opportunities to win silverware under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is now in charge at Paris Saint-Germain, and challenged Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to deliver quality additions to help rebuild.
Tottenham, who have missed out on the Premier League’s top four for a second successive season, look unlikely even to qualify for the Europa League ahead of their final league match against Leicester on Sunday.
“For one reason or another we didn’t quite do what we needed to do and kind of where we’re at now I feel like we’re kind of at a rebuild stage again if I’m honest,” Kane said.
“I’m not going to say it’s not there any more of course — one or two good players can take the team over the line with Liverpool and City and teams like that.
“But for sure I feel like it was an opportunity missed for the club to do something special.”
Memphis Depay will leave Lyon at the end of the season when his contract expires, the Dutch international striker told French daily L’Equipe in an interview published on Friday.
The 27-year-old, who joined Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017, will make his final appearance for the club against Nice on Sunday in a game that could secure them Champions League football next season.
Lyon are currently fourth, one point behind Monaco who occupy the final Champions League spot.
“It feels weird to think that this is my last game here,” said Depay, who has a lion tattoo on his back.
“It makes me sad to go to an empty stadium, without the supporters.”
Last September, Depay was reported to be close to joining compatriots Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Koeman at Barcelona in a transfer worth 25 million euros but the move never came off.
With Koeman looking to rebuild at Barca, the move appears close to being done, although Depay, who has scored 20 goals and set up 10 others, is open to offers.
“I want to go to one of the top two or three clubs in the five big leagues,” said Depay, who has no agent and wants to negotiate his own contracts.
“I want to control things, to know what I’m signing. I know what I’m worth,” he said.
Renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted Depay was close to a move to Barcelona – as is Manchester City’s departing striker Sergio Aguero.
Argentine Aguero, 32, is leaving City after a golden era for the club, but departs on a free transfer.
Romano tweeted that Aguero is “set to join until June 2023, agreement reached. Bonus included in case Barca will win the UCL”.
FOXES STAR RETIRES
Leicester’s Premier League title-winning captain Wes Morgan will retire when the final whistle blows on the season, the club announced on Friday.
The 37-year-old skippered the Foxes to their shock title win in 2016 and helped them lift the FA Cup for the first time when he made a late substitute appearance in last week’s 1-0 final victory over Chelsea.
Morgan has made 324 appearances and scored 14 goals for Leicester in all competitions since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2012, and was capped 30 times by Jamaica.
Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers, who joined the club in 2019, described Morgan, who has struggled with a back problem this year, as a Leicester “legend”.
“He did not play top-flight football until he was 30 years old, and went on to win three trophies (including the Championship title) and now he has iconic status,” he said on Friday.
Rodgers, whose side host Tottenham in their final game of the season on Sunday, aiming to secure a top-four finish, added: “He’ll always be a legend of this club. It’s a remarkable career that sadly comes to an end.
“In my time here, it was important for me to keep him. He wasn’t maybe going to play as much anymore but he was an important personality. He’s given me all that and more.”
Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha paid a handsome tribute to the long-serving skipper.
“Wes has been one of Leicester City’s greatest servants, leading the team through the club’s most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the club forward,” he said.
“A big brother to everyone he has played with, a strong representative of the squad and a valuable source of counsel to managers and senior executives in the club, his contribution has been enormous.”
Full-back Christian Fuchs, another member of the title-winning side, is also leaving the King Power Stadium at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old Austria international arrived on a free transfer in 2015 and has played 152 times, scoring three goals.
WOLVES BOSS TO WALK OUT – WITH SPURS KEEN
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo will leave the Premier League club after Sunday’s final game of the season, with Tottenham reportedly in the hunt to hire the Portuguese coach.
Nuno led Wolves to promotion from the Championship and established them in the top-flight during his four seasons at Molineux.
With Tottenham still looking for a new manager after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in April, Nuno was immediately installed as the bookmakers’ favourites to take charge of the north London side.
Brighton’s Graham Potter and Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl have also been linked with the Tottenham job, which has been filled by Ryan Mason on a caretaker basis since Mourinho’s exit.
Under Nuno’s management, Wolves secured consecutive seventh-placed finishes in the Premier League and reached the Europa League quarter-finals.
This season has proved more difficult and Wolves can do no better than a 12th-placed finish depending on Sunday’s result in his farewell match against United at Molineux.
There had been reports for several weeks that Wolves were considering parting ways with the 47-year-old, who only signed a new deal with the club 12 months ago.
Both Nuno and the club insisted the decision to leave had been made by mutual consent.
“We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together. Firstly, I want to thank the supporters, who have all played such an important part in helping us reach new heights for Wolves, and the people of the city, who embraced us and made us feel at home,” Nuno said.
“I, of course, want to thank all of the staff at Wolves, for their support and total commitment, every single day.
“Most importantly, I want to thank each and every player that we’ve worked with since the day we started, for their loyalty, their dedication, hard work and talent. They are the ones who have made this amazing journey possible for us.
“Sunday will be a very emotional day, but I am so happy that the fans will be back in Molineux and we can share one last special moment together, as one pack.” Nuno spent more than £60 million on signing Nelson Semedo and Fabio Silva before the start of this season, but an injury to prolific Mexico striker Raul Jimenez derailed Wolves’ campaign.
Jimenez has not played since fracturing his skull at Arsenal in October. Ex Porto and Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira and Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria have been mooted as potential replacement for Nuno.
“Nuno has brought us some incredibly special moments at Wolves that will never be forgotten, but every chapter comes to an end,” Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said.
“His loyalty and dedication over the last four years has been immeasurable, and we cannot thank him enough for the progress he has made for Wolves.”