The season is not yet over but the Chelsea Harry Kane transfer rumor mill is tirning. The London club are reportedly willing to offer Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga, in a player-plus-cash offer for Harry Kane but fear Tottenham will not do business with them, sources have told ESPN.
Kane has three years remaining on his Spurs contract and chairman Daniel Levy is likely to demand a fee in the region of £150 million.
The Blues are ready to join the race for the 27-year-old along with Manchester United and Manchester City after news emerged on Monday evening that Kane wants to leave the club.
Chelsea are mindful that Levy would need to rebuild in the wake of Kane’s departure and believe Abraham and/or Kepa may offer some appeal.
Chelsea want to sign a forward this summer and retain an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. They have also been linked with a move for Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
The Chelsea Harry Kane transfer grew even stronger with Striker Abraham available for transfer this summer, with Chelsea valuing the striker at £40m. That figure is based on his form prior to the coronavirus pandemic when he scored 15 times for Chelsea between August 2019 and March 2020 in addition to his first international goal for England.
Abraham is clearly not at Kane’s level, but he would at least be a like-for-like replacement with the potential to improve.
Goalkeeper Kepa has found himself behind Edouard Mendy in the pecking order under both Tuchel and his predecessor Frank Lampard. There is a recognition that given his £71.4m fee — paid to Atletico Madrid in 2018 — they will have to take a significant financial hit, but using him as a makeweight to sign Kane could be a workable solution. The Spain international has made just 13 appearances for Chelsea all season.
One source has suggested Callum Hudson-Odoi could be another alternative given he has started just 10 Premier League games all season, although the club has previously rejected offers from Bayern Munich for the 20-year-old in the hopes he could yet thrive at Stamford Bridge.