Tuesday 22 August 2017

Spurs won't sell Kane - even if Manchester United offer £100m

Kane has proven himself as one of Europe’s finest goalscorers over multiple seasons. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images
Kane has proven himself as one of Europe’s finest goalscorers over multiple seasons. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Martin Hardy

Tottenham have no intention of selling Harry Kane, though Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is a long-time admirer of the England international.

Kane, who captained his country in their last World Cup qualifier, has been a revelation since bursting into the Spurs team under Mauricio Pochettino, and has proven himself as one of Europe's finest goalscorers over multiple seasons.

There are few pure No 9s of Kane's quality and, crucially, age.

United also love Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich but a serious investment in the Polish forward is difficult with him turning 29 this summer. Kane (23) promises goals and longevity.

That said, reports that Mourinho was urging executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to make a £100m move for Kane stirred little but laughter at White Hart Lane.

Laughable

Tottenham would not countenance the sale of their most-prized asset regardless, but to do so for £100m several years after selling Gareth Bale for £86m is a laughable notion, given the huge inflation in the market.

Some of the troubles of Bale's time in the Spanish capital have put Real Madrid off Kane a little, though they too have watched him and appreciate his talents.

Daniel Levy has a reputation as an unforgiving negotiator and any deal for Kane would not only need to be a world-record fee but closer to £200m than £100m.

United know this and the hope is that, if Tottenham were to fall away from being a perennial Champions League club, Kane might be more open to a move.

However, unless United are willing to blow eye-watering amounts of money, Kane looks set to stay at Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli has signed a new one-year contract with Nice. The Italian, who joined the French club on a free transfer from Liverpool in August, scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in 2016-17 as Lucien Favre's side qualified for the Champions League.

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