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With PSG lurking, Bayern Munich plotting improved bid as Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane eagerly wants transfer

Bayern Munich has an idea of what happens if transfer of Harry Kane fails.

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Update — July 11th, 1:50PM EDT: ESPN says Kane is ready for Bayern move

According to a report from ESPN, Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane’s brother, Charlie, is in “constant communication” with Bayern Munich and that the striker does not want to extend his contract with Tottenham.

In addition, Kane wants to sign with Bayern Munich this summer and the German Rekordmeister could be “tempted” to submit another bid to push the deal over the line:

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is keen to join Bayern Munich this summer as the Bundesliga champions consider submitting a third bid for the player, sources told ESPN. Spurs have offered a new contract but Kane, 29, is not willing to extend his deal with the Premier League club, sources added.

Bayern have already made two bids to Spurs for the England captain — the second one worth €94 million ($103.19m). The club’s hierarchy could be tempted to submit an improved bid to get the deal over the line. Kane becomes a free agent when his Spurs contract expires at the end of next season but he wants to sign for Bayern this summer.

Sources have told ESPN that Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel met Kane in London a few weeks ago and the striker was attracted to the idea of winning trophies with the German giants. According to sources, Kane’s brother and agent, Charlie, has been in constant contact with the Bayern hierarchy ahead of a potential transfer.

According to sources, Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring the situation with the club interested in signing Kane. The French champions are waiting to see how negotiations play out between Bayern and Spurs before making a move for the striker.

Is this more of the same...or are things getting hot? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Update — July 11th, 11:10AM EDT: Álvarez probably not possible for Bayern

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, we can probably cross Julián Álvarez’s name off the list of potential back-up plans for Bayern Munich, in the event that the club cannot acquire Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane.

Manchester City will likely not let Erling Haaland’s understudy leave town:

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It seems that with every Harry Kane story that emerges, there is at least a little doubt that seeps into Bayern Munich fans, who want to believe that a move will happen.

If something goes awry and the Bavarians cannot get Kane, the club does have plans for who it might pursue according to Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk (as captured by @iMiaSanMia) and it might not be exactly who you first think of.

The two names mentioned are both players who have been bandied about as possibilities in recent weeks — Juventus striker Dušan Vlahović and Manchester City forward Julián Álvarez:

Should Tottenham refuse to sell Harry Kane this summer, Bayern would still be willing to sign him next year on a free transfer. This approach is coordinated with Kane, who is showing willingness to join Bayern next year if necessary.

For this summer, Bayern are working on alternative candidates who could bridge a year without Kane. One candidate is Julián Álvarez. Bayern believe there’s a chance of signing him on a season-long loan deal. Another candidate is Dušan Vlahović.

Most fans would assume that Bayern Munich would be buying a new striker, but the club could actually make a loan move for a new center-forward to team with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Mathys Tel.

A loan would be telling as it could also be an indicator that Bayern Munich is waiting until the summer of 2024 to try and get Kane on a free transfer — which seems like a risky gambit considering how English clubs would certainly be more engaged in the bidding at that point:

Signing a striker on loan, together with Choupo-Moting and Mathys Tel would give Bayern good options in attack next season, while potentially waiting for Kane next summer.

Bayern Munich’s next move in this poker will be telling. With two proposals reportedly shot down by Tottenham Hotspur, the Bavarians might have to activate “fallback mode” if third bid falls short.

Can’t get enough transfer talk? Then why not check out our podcast? This week we have an in-depth discussion about Harry Kane including the financials of the deal, what Daniel Levy might accept, who Bayern Munich could sell to fund the move, the impending crisis at goalkeeper amid reports of Neuer’s delayed recovery, and more! Listen to it below or on Spotify.

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