Harry Kane, the second highest scorer in Premier League history, is swapping England's top flight for the German Bundesliga where Bayern Munich are hoping he can do for them what he did for Tottenham over a decade and more.
The England captain leaves Tottenham with 213 Premier League goals to his name and over 350 goals for club and country, the sort of numbers which mean Bayern are expecting a sizeable scoring return on their investment as they look to retain the Bundesliga title and lay down a Champions League challenge.
We've released a number of markets around Kane and his new club following the move, with the England man 16/1 to break Robert Lewandowski's record of 41 goals in a single Bundesliga season in his maiden campaign.
As expected, Kane is hot favourite for Top Goalscorer at 1/2, and he'll be tasked with spearheading Bayern's European charge. The six-time European champions are 6/1 to win the 2023/24 Champions League and 20/1 for the treble of Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League.
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The figures spell it out. Bayern's top league scorer last season was floating frontman Serge Gnabry with 14. Twelve months earlier it had been out-and-out centre-forward Robert Lewandowski with 35.
Last season, with the Pole moving to Barcelona, Bayern's focal point up front had disappeared.
Different things were tried but the season was far harder than it should have been with the Bundesliga title effectively handed to them on the last day of the season, while they crashed out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.
Tuchel had tweaks and changes to make and one of them was to bring in a proven number nine.
And few centre-forwards in the game are more proven than Kane.
With at least 17 goals scored in each of his last nine Premier League campaigns and a personal-best of 30 last year, Kane knows where the goal is – and Tuchel knows that all to well.
Tuchel had inherited a squad dizzied by the flexibility and innovation of predecessor Julian Nagelsmann, sacked in March after an entertaining if unconvincing tenure.
The ex-Chelsea boss offered stability and has erred towards a 4-3-3 in most of his 12 matches in charge. And we know where Kane features in that.
Tuchel can still opt for asymmetrical full-backs with Alphonso Davies fit, and can bring in Kim Min-Jae at the back and maybe Konrad Laimer alongside Jamal Musiala in midfield, but up front it looks clear as day.
Kingsley Coman on one flank, Leroy Sane on the other and Kane leading the line, hopefully positionally and numerically doing for Bayern what Lewandowski had done for so many seasons.
Ange Postecoglou's first summer in charge of Tottenham has been plagued with speculation over Kane and the Australian, while publicly insisting there was nothing to see here, privately has had to be scratching his head for a Plan B.
No one man is irreplaceable in any team, but Kane's the nearest thing to it that Tottenham have ever had.
Within Postecoglou's ranks, he has a player in Son Heung-Min who has played up top from time to time and another in Richarlison, who did it periodically for Everton.
Neither are a long-term solution, nor is newcomer Manor Solomon, who will be deployed out wide.
The case for not playing with a number nine at all is obvious though surely Postecoglou will have someone in mind or the prospects for Tottenham, already uncertain, will start to look particularly concerning.
Spurs are losing their greatest ever striker while the Premier League is also losing one of theirs.
Only Alan Shearer has scored more goals in the Premier League era than Kane, while no one managed more for one club than the 30-year-old.
There will be cynics who suggest greatness only ever comes with silverware and Kane hasn't quite helped either Tottenham or England win a single trophy. That much is beyond dispute.
Kane is a three-time Golden Boot winner and also managed the feat at a World Cup.
But let's not pretend Kane was anything other than a serially high-class goalscorer, comfortable on either foot or with his head, from close range or outside the box and rock-solid from the penalty spot.
His place in the record books, the history books, the hearts of Spurs and England fans, will always be assured.