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Report: Spurs want Bayern Munich to exchange Mathys Tel for Harry Kane + The mundane reason why Levy canceled Friday’s meeting (Updated)

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According to a report by Matt Law of The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur have shown sudden interest in 18-year-old Bayern Munich striker talent Mathys Tel. The youngster could soon find himself dragged into the Harry Kane saga, as the two clubs seek to finalize a deal for the England captain.

Currently, the report states that Bayern plan to keep Tel for the moment and have no intention of sending him out on loan. The youngster himself has been impressive in preseason so far, scoring five against Rottach-Egern as well as Bayern’s sole goal vs Manchester City.

Thomas Tuchel, however, does not seem like a fan of the youngster — he has shown he prefers experienced players like Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry at the top of the XI over a teenager like Tel.

Bayern Muenchen v Manchester City - Preseason Friendly
Even in friendlies, Tel has found minutes hard to come by.
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A move to Tottenham, therefore, could make sense for the player — but only if it’s temporary. How might that affect the Kane transfer? It’s hard to say. If Spurs want a loan, then it might knock a few million euros off the top of the Kane deal, but not much more. If they opt for a more permanent option, you have to imagine Bayern will either shut the door or ask for a buyback clause, or at least a significant discount on the (now 30-year-old) Englishman.

Now it remains to be seen whether this is just media chatter or if there’s actually something to it. So far, Tel’s management have been adamant that the player wants to stay at Bayern and prove himself to the new coach. He’s had a great attitude about it all, and has shown in preseason that he can hold his own in a star-studded team. However, if Kane were signed, Tel could find minutes extremely hard to come by next season — possibly making a move to Spurs more enticing.

There’s another angle to this — Kane himself. Kane reportedly wants to return to the Premier League at some point, and has done nothing to antagonize Spurs in the duration of this transfer saga. By not burning bridges, he keeps the possibility of a return to North London on the cards, while Bayern could theoretically get a mature Tel back from Tottenham once Kane feels ready to go back.

Of course, this assumes that Tel would be a starter for Ange Postecoglou, which is rather wishful thinking. He would be competing with Brazilian NT striker Richarlison for the striker spot, which is definitely a stern challenge for an 18-year-old. Who knows where his career path could go from there?

We’ll have to see how this one develops.


According to multiple sources, Bayern Munich were about to send a delegation to London to have a meeting with Daniel Levy over Harry Kane when it was unceremoniously canceled this Friday. According to Bild, this is apparently some kind of Michael Scott-esque negotiating tactic from the Tottenham chairman — he wants to show that he can’t be told what to do.

Bayern apparently accepted the delay, as they see no difference whether it takes place on a Friday or a Monday. Let’s hope Levy is in a better mood to negotiate next week.

Update #2

According to Kerry Hau on Twitter, Mathys Tel’s agent has denied any links with Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathys Tel and his agent are unaware of Tottenham Hotspur’s interest. There is no contact with the English regarding a change. Nothing has changed in Tel’s position either: he wants to stay at Bayern – whether Harry Kane comes or not.

Update #3

So Bild did some journalism for a change and it turns out Levy simply rescheduled the meeting because of jet lag.

In addition, Bild said that there are currently no plans to swap Kane for Mathys Tel. So there you go, net zero information gained.

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