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Report: Bayern Munich, Tottenham to play friendlies as part of Harry Kane transfer deal

Bayern did everything they could to keep that fee down.

Tottenham Hotspur v Shakhtar Donetsk - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images

Bayern Munich will play Tottenham Hotspur in a series of preseason friendlies as part of the Harry Kane transfer agreement from this summer, Az journalist Maximilian Koch reports (captured via @iMiaSanMia):

As part of the Harry Kane deal, and in order to keep the guaranteed fee below €100m, Bayern agreed to two friendlies against Tottenham with the proceeds going entirely to Spurs. How and when the games will take place is still unclear [@_kochmaximilian]

So it was not just negotiating success that brought Kane’s fee down below the €100m after all. Bayern will compensate Spurs through the friendlies instead, with the huge draw of the Bavarian giants and the marquee matchup — as well as the Kane storyline — likely making it a very commercially appealing draw, especially if they are played soon.

For Bayern, giving up the proceeds from the match is probably not nothing, but at least it defers the amount to pay right away and it addresses a scheduling need: two birds with one stone. It also allows the bosses to claim that the fee didn’t hit nine figures, which has apparently been important to them.

So look for Tottenham fans and Kane’s former Spurs teammates — like his long-time attacking partner Son Heung-min — to get their chance to take the field alongside him again soon.

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