Tottenham ‘blackmailed’ Bayern Munich into paying club-record Harry Kane transfer, claims Germany legend


GERMAN legend Lothar Matthaus claimed Tottenham “blackmailed” Bayern Munich into paying a club-record £104million for Harry Kane.

England captain Kane, 30, finally moved to the Bavarian giants earlier this month after weeks of tough negotiations with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

GettyHarry Kane sealed a £104m transfer to Bayern Munich[/caption]

GettyBut Lothar Matthäus believes his ex-club were ‘blackmailed’ in the deal[/caption]

His fee made him the most expensive ever for a player aged 30 or over and was more than double the £42m received from Barcelona for Robert Lewandowski last summer, albeit the Pole was 33 at the time.

Kane has already suggested he could be great value for money by netting and assisting on his full debut in Friday’s 4-0 battering of Werder Bremen.

Yet former Bayern great Matthaus, 62, told Sky90: “Those in charge at Bayern were and are 100 per cent convinced of Harry Kane.

“And that’s why they stretched themselves, that’s why they pushed their limits.

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“And maybe Bayern has also – in quotation marks – been a little blackmailed by Tottenham. Another million more, and a little bit more. They wanted this player. 

“And I say – 100 million for a 30-year-old – Lewandowski was three years older when he left and went to Barcelona for around €50m (£42m) – I now assume it will pay off.”

Kane has backed himself and Bayern to be a match made in heaven, telling Sky Sports: “We’ve seen my game, I like to drop deep and link play in the last four or five years.

“I think with the pace we have in this team, it works perfectly.


“I’m a No 9 first and foremost so I have to get in the box and make the runs forward.

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“I’m really happy, we have a fantastic squad and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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