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Harry Kane granted approval from Tottenham to join Bayern Munich

Harry Kane granted approval from Tottenham to join Bayern Munich

The 30-year-old striker is set to leave for Germany this morning, with medicals and the signing of a four-year contract due by Bayern Munich today.

Kane is expected to wear the number 9 shirt after agreeing Thursday night to join the Bundesliga champions.

earlier in the day, the athlete It reported that Tottenham had accepted a bid of more than €100m (£86.4m, $110m) from Bayern.

The England captain wanted to seal his future before Tottenham’s Premier League season kicks off on Sunday, which sees them face Brentford.

Keane has been leaning towards staying at his boyhood club, enjoying life under new manager Ange Postecoglou. But in the end, the promise of a new challenge at Bayern Munich was too strong.

The striker was out for the last 12 months of his contract and Tottenham wanted to tie him up on new terms.

However, there was no progress on this, leading the club to make the very difficult decision to sell their talisman rather than lose him for a free next summer.

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Bayern saw three offers to buy Kane rejected, the first in June, before making a breakthrough on Wednesday.

Kane was always reluctant to embark on a move once the 2023-24 campaign got underway and Postecoglou’s early influence encouraged him.

He played a full part in Tottenham’s summer tour to Australia and Singapore before scoring four goals in a 5-1 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday in what will now be the club’s final.

Postecoglou admitted after that match that he had been in an “open dialogue” with Keane and the club over a possible substitution, but warned of the need for a result soon for the sake of all parties.

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Kane would go on to be Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer having scored 280 goals in 435 appearances.

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Analysis by Raphael Honigstein and Mark Curry

It’s easy to see why series champions Germany have made Kane their number one priority this summer. He’s two players in one: a striker who’s great in the penalty area but adept at carrying the ball and playing fast runners – which Bayern Munich have in abundance – gets him past.

Keane will usually drift into the half-spaces in attacking phases to try and play a killer ball between the lines – usually to open up the defense or play the ‘pass before assist’ – rather than always having the striker prowl the area between the goalposts.

Thomas Tuchel’s possession game will be greatly enhanced by a technical striker who can create depth by drawing in defenders from the backline. At the same time, Kane can also play as a more traditional goal man, holding the ball for his team’s midfielders to join the attack.

He is simply a leading goalscorer and setter for club and country.

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