Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says there isn’t a coach in world football who wouldn’t want Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane in their side.
Spurs have been rocked this week by the news that Kane – who has scored 220 goals for the club – wants to leave this summer. It’s a decision taken by the England capain in order to fulfil his ambition of winning trophies, something he doesn’t believe is possible in north London.
Given Kane’s calibre, there is no shortage of interest. Although very few sides can to put together a package that would tempt Tottenham chariman Daniel Levy into selling the 27-year-old.
Manchester City have been credited with a strong interest in Kane. Manchester United too. Chelsea are also reportedly in the race, although it is highly unlikely Levy would sell to the Blues under any circumstance.
Chelsea are in the market for a new number nine this summer. Erling Haaland is top of the club’s agenda while a move Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku is an option. A deal for Kane is something of a pipedream, although it’s one Tuchel would almost certainly welcome.
Speaking ahead of the Blues’ final Premier League game of the campaign against Aston Villa, he said: “If you find any coach around the world who would not like to have Harry Kane in his team, call me again. 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.”
Chelsea’s need for an out-and-out goalscorer in their side was highlighted in midweek during the 2-1 victory against Leicester City, a result that ensured the Blues’ top-four destiny is very much in their own hands.
Jorginho’s second-half penalty took him to seven goals in the top flight this term. No member of Tuchel’s squad can better that figure. It’s a somewhat concerning statistic, especially when considered Kane has 22 goals in the Premier League during the current campaign.
Tuchel accepts Chelsea have lacked a prolific goalscorer this term but believes that may be partly down to the fact that a forward, such as Timo Werner, does not take penalties for the Blues.
He said: “Is that what we want? Jorginho our top scorer? No. Not because we don’t like Jorgi – he deserves all the fame and all the praise – but, of course, we don’t want him to be our top scorer.
“But turn it around: if we let Timo take all the penalties he could have seven more. Mason [Mount] scored from a penalty already and Jorgi has also missed. Timo missed [too].
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“So he could have had another ten more goals and we have a very different discussion with the exact same performance.
“A lot of top scorers in Europe use penalties to improve their numbers to score. That’s not with Timo. He is not that type of player.
“We try – in general we don’t need to hide – we try to improve our statistics offensively. First of all, we do that with the guys who are here.”